[uf-discuss] hFoaF - Hypertext Friend of a Friend

Toby A Inkster mail at tobyinkster.co.uk
Sat Dec 6 09:47:47 PST 2008

This (on <this-page>):

	<a href="that-page" rev="made vote-for">that page</a>


	<that-page> made <this-page>
	<that-page> is voted for by <this-page>

And this:

	<a href="that-page" rel="made vote-for">that page</a>


	<this-page> made <that-page>
	<this-page> is voted for by <that-page>

VoteLinks is not a good analogy to use for clarifying something in  
your head though. The definitions of the terms were all confusing  
from the beginning, and a later attempt to fix them just ended up  
muddying everything even more. Personally, I have never implemented  
or used VoteLinks and have no plans to do so in the future. If  
VoteLinks had been left as originally defined, they might have been  
slightly more reliable.

A better way of clarifying it in your head is to consider that 'made'  
is the inverse of 'author'. If X made Y, then Y has author X.  
'rel=author' is defined in HTML5[1] so that it links from a page to  
its author; so if 'rel=made' is the inverse, then logically it links  
from author to page.

1. http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/ 

Toby A Inkster
<mailto:mail at tobyinkster.co.uk>

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