[uf-discuss] xfolk: tags that aren't links
angus at pobox.com
Sun Jan 1 19:19:29 PST 2006
The current spec for the xfolk microformat allows the inclusion of
tags in a format like:
<a rel="tag" href="/foo">foo</a>,
<a rel="tag" href="/bar">bar</a> ...
This assumes that tags will always be linked to some other object.
However, this isn't necessarily the case: I could imagine cases where
a webmaster might want to provide a list of keywords associated with
a link, but without linking those keywords (tags) to anything else.
Assuming that this is desirable, what would be the best way to
represent this. I can think of various possibilities. One would be to
simply omit the anchor:
<div class="meta">foo, bar ...</div>
which conforms to the spec as it stands but means that any process
reading the meta block would miss the fact that 'foo' and 'bar' are
A second option might be to have:
<a rel="tag" href="#">foo</a>,
<a rel="tag" href="#">bar</a> ...
but this would confuse human users (i.e. the browser would display
something that looked like a link, but just caused the page to reload
A third option would be to use 'span' instead, thus:
<span class="tag">bar</a> ...
To me, this looks like the best option, as it marks the tags
semantically, but doesn't mislead the user.
Anyone have any comments or suggestions, or have I overlooked some
existing and better way of doing this?
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