[uf-discuss] rel-tag: Sorry, I'm confused as to what it means

Frances Berriman frances.berriman at v-2.uk.com
Tue Jul 11 08:49:02 PDT 2006

The rel-tag ought to go onto a hyperlink that is a link that goes to a
place where all websites that also use that tag, are going to.  Wait...
that's explained terribly!  

Take this example:  http://www.technorati.com/tag/microformats is a page
that shows all the entries on the web that contain a tag "microformats",
and are linking to that page.  The sites that have that link have added
the "rel="tag"" attribute so that visitors to their page can see that
that link is a reference to a tag.  Other hyperlinks that are not going
a destination like this do not require this attribute, as it isn't
relevant.  The "rel-tag" simply gives that one link *additional* meaning
(it makes the link mean.. "I'm a link, but more importantly, I'm also a
tag to give this page some context!").


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[mailto:microformats-discuss-bounces at microformats.org] On Behalf Of Lee
Sent: 11 July 2006 16:35
To: microformats-discuss at microformats.org
Subject: [uf-discuss] rel-tag: Sorry, I'm confused as to what it means


I've read all the FAQ pages, and maybe I'm just being dense, but can 
someone explain to me the difference between a hyperlink that should 
include rel-tag and one that *shouldn't* include one?

The microformats wiki states:
> By adding |rel="tag"| to a hyperlink, a page indicates that the 
> destination of that hyperlink is an author-designated "tag" (or 
> keyword/subject) of the current page.
> rel="tag" is specifically designed for "tagging" content, typically 
> web pages (or portions thereof, like blog posts).
> rel="tag" is NOT designed for "tagging" arbitrary URLs or external 
> content.
So, if I apply rel-tag, am I saying that this is an important link?

Am I missing something?



Lee Amosslee

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