[uf-discuss] The need for a Trackback microformat?
ryan at ryancannon.com
Fri Dec 2 09:36:33 PST 2005
> With that said rel-enclosure doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It
> "relEnclosure is one of several microformats. By adding
> rel="enclosure" to
> a hyperlink, a page indicates that the destination of that
> hyperlink is
> intended to be downloaded and cached."
> *Any* link indicates that the destination may be downloaded and
> cached -
> that's the whole point of making a link. If it's not meant to be
> downloaded there wouldn't be a link, and if it wasn't meant to be
> the HTTP header would tell me so (and my browser would handle it
> me caring).
This is interesting because the description really depends on
audience. I agree with you: perhaps better language for rel-enclosure
should be "By adding rel='enclosure' to a hyperlink, a page indicates
that the destination of that hyperlink is not meant to be viewed by
the client browser." However, this implies a more technical
understanding of HTTP than the average person (or amateur web
developer) has. For those people, "viewing" and "downloading" a file
are very different. While the language should change, perhaps some
language somewhere should reflect this difference in audience.
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