[uf-discuss] using rel to point to remote meta-data resource for a url identified resource

adrian skardhamar ade at nobighair.com
Wed Dec 17 03:09:38 PST 2008

Dear list, this is my first post and I'm a little wet around the ears,  
so please be gentle...

I am working on a project that requires that remote meta-data be  
stored against resources that can be identified by a url - images,  
etc. I am presently considering building a lightweight system that  
would retrieve meta-data (formats to be decided) for these url  
identified resources by using a different url and the rel attribute.  
Perhaps an example would explain it better:

<img src="http://someurl/photo_of_cow.jpg">


<img src="http://someurl/photo_of_cow.jpg"  

what is actually held at http://someurl/meta_data_about_photo_of_cow  
is still up for debate.

Am I reinventing any wheels here (assuming that the meta-data itself  
follows standards)? Would using rel in this way upset the microformats  
community in any way? Anyone know of other ways to do this?

Many thanks in advance.

ade at nobighair

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