[uf-discuss] Microformat for linking to XML source (to replace the Structured Blogging plugin's embedding method)

Phillip Pearson pp at myelin.co.nz
Sun Jan 22 12:33:37 PST 2006

Alf Eaton wrote:

> PP>>>>> Anyone know of any prior art?
> MR>>>> <link rel="alternate" type="application/xml" />
> PP>>> Is that valid inside the HTML <body> block?
> RK>> No, but <a rel="alternate" type="application/xml">foo</a> is.
> RK>> RTFS: http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/types.html#type-links.
> PP> Excellent - thanks Mark and Ryan!  I didn't realise that the "type"
> PP> attribute was valid on <a> elements.
> In theory, you'd have to make sure that the <a rel="alternate"> didn't 
> appear on index pages where there was more than one post, only on 
> individual post archive pages (because it's saying that the linked 
> page is an alternate representation of the current page).
> Having said that, people use <link rel="alternate"> (wrongly) to link 
> to their main site feed from individual post pages all the time, so 
> you might get away with it.

Hmm.  The intention is to mean "the linked resource is an alternate 
version of the surrounding div", not "the linked resource is an 
alternate version of this page".

I'd plan on putting this in the post content, so it would apppear on 
index pages, archive pages, and all feeds (inside <description> in RSS 
and <content> in Atom).


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