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This technique is explained in the following video:
This technique is explained in the following video:
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG3Oh7Ues8A Authorship markup using URL parameters video] and the [http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=1408986 new implementation procedure] with the help of Google Profile (and hopefully, this type of implementation can be used on any other personal BIO page of respective author).
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG3Oh7Ues8A Authorship markup using URL parameters video] and the [http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=1408986 new implementation procedure] with the help of Google Profile (and hopefully, this type of implementation can be used on any other personal BIO page of respective author).
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** While I understand the motivation here, this is not a good idea.  There will definitely be someone who has ?rel= as an actual query param meaning something in their app, and this will just break things. [[User:Singpolyma|Singpolyma]] 17:56, 12 August 2011 (UTC)
== see also ==
== see also ==
* [[rel-faq]]
* [[rel-faq]]
* [[existing-rel-values]]
* [[existing-rel-values]]

Revision as of 17:56, 12 August 2011

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Summary

rel="author" is for relating an article or post to a page or site representing its author, typically to give them credit for their work (or portions of it, like books, articles, blog posts etc).

E.g. a page or a post written by Erin could contain a link like:

<a href="http://erin.example.com/" rel="author">Erin Smith</a>

The rel="author" attribute indicates that the destination of the link represents the author of the current page (or post).

Implementations

This section is informative.

Google

An interesting rel="author" implementation set of examples is brought up by Google in a video posted on Youtube:

extensions

query parameter alternative

Google has proposed an alternate mechanism for specifying rel=author on sites/CMSs that don't permit authors to specify the rel attribute, using a query parameter added to the URL instead. e.g. the above example with query parameter:

<a href="http://erin.example.com/?rel=author">Erin Smith</a>

This technique is explained in the following video:

see also

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