[microformats-discuss] Proposing RelSource

Ryan King ryan at technorati.com
Tue Jul 12 08:09:15 PDT 2005

On Jul 12, 2005, at 6:42 AM, Andy Skelton wrote:

> It should have come to attention sooner but I dug around W3C.org and
> found that rel="cite" is already defined in the XHTML 2.0 Hypertext
> Attribute Collection
> (http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml2/mod-hyperAttributes.html).

Right, but XHTML 2 is by no means supported anywhere.

> Also from that collection, href and cite attributes are defined and
> may coexist but they behave differently: The href attribute "specifies
> a URI that is actuated when the element is activated." For the cite
> attribute, "User Agents MUST provide a means for the user to actuate
> the link."
> In light of this, I see no reason to pursue a microformat for source
> links/citations/hat tips. If authors adopt rel="cite" they are
> preemptively applying a well-defined, semantic model that is both
> user-friendly and easily parsed by machines.

Seeing as XHTML is not supported yet, I think there's room for an  
intermediate solution. Eran meantions in this post http:// 
hellonline.com/blog/?p=18 the fact that what's being proposed could  
be done more easily in XHTML 2.


> The subject of distributed discussion and markup indicating replies,
> updates, etc., is discussed at
> http://microformats.org/wiki/citation-brainstorming.
> Thank you,
> Andy
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