[advocacy] Contacting Blogger (was Re: [uf-discuss] Rel-tag
jcraig at apple.com
Mon Feb 12 11:23:57 PST 2007
On Feb 12, 2007, at 7:37 AM, Mike Kaply wrote:
> On 2/11/07, Kevin Marks <kevinmarks at mac.com> wrote:
>> Try making a fresh post, or republishing that one. This may be a
>> blogger issue with publishing via ftp?
> When I debugged this problem, that is exactly what I discovered. It is
> only broke when you publish via FTP. It is not broke when you are
> hosted by blogger.
> I switched to WordPress because of this problem.
Exactly. But this is not a problem with Blogger, this is a solution
to a larger, more practical problem than rel-tag. The Blogger
developers have to support plain-old web hosts without modification
of the server config; a link URL to a restful tag space is not going
to work on most simple web hosts. The Blogger developers know this
and have to append .html onto the files they publish. The fact that
the Blogger developers cannot implement to spec–or would need an even
hackier workaround* in order to implement the rel-tag spec–is
indicative of a problem with the spec.
I'm not saying we all need to agree to the solution, I'm merely
suggesting that it's either naive or arrogant to defiantly deny there
is a problem.
PS. The hackier workaround for Blogger; feel free to forward to your
contacts there if you think this is a viable solution (I don't):
myURL.com links tagspace to blogger redirect site like so:
blogger.com/tags/redirect/siteID/tagspace with a 301 to back to the
actual tagspace on the hosted site.
myURL.com links to:
<a rel="tag" href="http://blogger.com/tagredirect/mySiteId/foo">foo</a>
http://blogger.com/tagredirect/mySiteId/foo responds with a 301
(moved perm) to
Though this is a "solution" (finger quotes emphasized), I hope the
ridiculousness of it hammers home our point that there is a problem
with the rel-tag spec.
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