[uf-new] Re: Comment Questions

Toby A Inkster mail at tobyinkster.co.uk
Fri Nov 14 11:26:13 PST 2008

Martin McEvoy wrote:

> Having said that I am thinking re-use XFN rel-contact for this link
> type, and use rel-bookmark for backwards compatibility with existing
> parsers

The XFN definition says that rel=contact is for people you know how  
to contact. I certainly don't know how to contact everyone who  
comments on my blog.

I think the *best* way to indicate that a particular hentry  
represents a comment would be to rel-tag it as "Comment", but as rel- 
tags tend to be visible, that's not in keeping with current  
publishing practice. So class="comment" on the hentry or  
class="comments" on the hfeed makes more sense to me. I'd probably  
slightly prefer the former, as it allows for non-comments to also be  
included in the hfeed (e.g. "updated" messages, pingbacks, etc).

> contact could be parsed as the in-reply-to Atom Threading Extension
> (http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4685).

Actually a good alternative to rel="in-reply-to" for describing a  
hierarchy of comments might be rel="up" to indicate a link to a  
comment further up the hierarchy. rel="up" is not standardised in  
HTML 4.01, but is widely used, and included in the current HTML5 drafts.

Toby A Inkster
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