[microformats-discuss] Proposing RelSource

Tantek Ç elik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Wed Jul 13 04:22:09 PDT 2005

On 7/12/05 9:59 AM, "Andy Skelton" <skeltoac at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 7/12/05, Tantek Çelik <tantek at cs.stanford.edu> wrote:
> << snip >>
>> I see lots of examples of citation chains on blogs.
>> So yes, rel="cite" does not solve the citation chain problem.
>> Since these examples of citation chains on blogs are typically ordered, e.g.
>>  c via b via a
>> It may make sense to use an ordered list.
>> Then the only question remains as to how to represent that the list is a
>> chain.
> Citing one's reference's references may be strictly proper to some
> minds but to me it seems an undue burden on the author.

1. It's certainly not required.
2. Tools that allow blockquoting now could recognize citations in the source
and thus build a chain automatically.

And most importantly...

3. This is designed for authors that are ALREADY GOING TO THE EFFORT to cite
reference's references.  For author's that don't, see 1.

> With wide
> acceptance, the practice of citing one degree of reference will
> provide sufficient interlinking to enable a spider to infer a
> reasonably accurate citation chain.

Yes, there will be some very interesting conversational threading benefits.


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