[microformats-discuss] Ambiguities in reltag specification

Craig Ogg craig.ogg at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 13:02:28 PDT 2005

On reading the specification <http://www.microformats.org/wiki/reltag> to 
things jump out as unclear. Here is a modified version of the example from 
the spec:
  <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/tech" rel="tag">apple</a>
 According to the spec, the actual tag is determined by parsing the URL. In 
the case it would be "tech" and not "apple." This seems to me to lead to 
several problems:

   - Some tagging systems support spaces. How would spaces be supported 
   in this case? My assumption is through replacing spaces with "+", but this 
   is not explicitly stated. 
   - URLs are not the most convenient encoding for non-English languages 
   - Their is no guarantee that the apparent tag (the one displayed to 
   the user) and the real tag are the same. This defeats the peer pressure that 
   is intended. 
   - No guidance is given as to whether or not having different link text 
   and tag value is considered bad form.

Have these things been addressed and are just not mentioned in the wiki or 
am I just not getting it?
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