[microformats-discuss] IRI unsuitable for rel, "naming clashes" is chicken littling

Tantek Ç elik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Wed Jul 13 03:50:03 PDT 2005

On 7/12/05 12:35 PM, "Danny Ayers" <danny.ayers at gmail.com> wrote:

> I thought it worth mentioning that there was considerable discussion
> of useful values for a "rel" attribute over on the Atom list/wiki,
> specifically for the <link> element. The decision was made to endorse
> by IANA registration five initial values (alternate, related, self,
> enclosure, via), but to also allow unregistered values that could be
> specificied using an IRI.

The use of IRIs in 'rel' attribute values is an unnecessary and undesirable
level of complexity and syntactic vinegar.

> The general feeling was that this offered a good compromise between a
> (ever growing!) list of preset values and an openly-extensible
> approach.

No.  This was a mistake.  XSPF repeated this mistake.

I'm terminating this notion right here.

IMHO the use of IRIs for rel values is out of scope for microformats.

As list moderator: end of thread on IRI for rel.

> Use of IRIs prevents naming clashes.

"Naming clashes" is chicken littling and has been documented as such within
the context of microformats.

As list moderator: end of thread of general "naming clashes" discussions.



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