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 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.
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="http://www.mediastandardstrust.org/code-of-practice" rel="principles">some statement of principles name goes here</a>
<dl class="profile"> <dt id="rel">rel</dt> <dd><p> <a rel="help" href="http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/struct/links.html#adef-rel"> HTML4 definition of the 'rel' attribute.</a> Here is an additional value.</p> <dl> <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> </dl> </dd> </dl>