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A number of sites publish a "statement of principles" or a "code of ethics" that governs the behaviour of the author(s) of that site. This page is for discussion of a possible microformat for publishing links to those statements.

Below is an initial pass at a specification for these links.

rel-principles specification

rel-principles is a simple, open format for indicating statements of principles for the associated content, which is embeddable in HTML or XHTML, Atom, RSS, and arbitrary XML.


By adding rel=”principles” to a hyperlink, a page indicates that the destination of that hyperlink is a description of the principles the content on the page was created under.

   <a href="" rel="principles">some statement 
   of principles name goes here</a>

XMDP Profile

    <dl class="profile">
     <dt id="rel">rel</dt>
       <a rel="help" href="">
         HTML4 definition of the 'rel' attribute.</a>
        Here is an additional value.</p>
       <dt id="principles">statement of principles</dt>
      <dd>Indicates that the referred resource is a statement of principles for the content on the referring page.</dd>
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