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

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Tue Jul 11 08:59:42 PDT 2006

On Jul 11, 2006, at 10:34 AM, Lee Amosslee wrote:

> 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.
> and
>> 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?

Not exactly.  If you just want to mark a link as important, you could  
wrap it with <em></em>.  When you mark it with rel="tag", you're  
saying the destination link has a relationship of "tag" to the  
current content (which may or may not make it important).  Not every  
link has that relationship, so you should only use rel="tag" when the  
link actually has a tag relationship.  Further, you should only use  
it when linking to URLs that end with the text of the intended tag.   
Regardless of how related it might be to your post on umbrellas, you  
shouldn't link to http://www.umbrellas.com/archives/  with rel="tag"  
unless you want to tag your content with the term "archives," which  
you probably don't want to do, although it appears to be a somewhat  
popular tag:



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