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rel-author is for linking from an article or post (e.g. marked up with hAtom 0.1) to a page or site representing its author. rel-author is one of several open microformat standards suitable for embedding data in HTML/HTML5, and Atom/RSS/XHTML or other XML.


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 a person "Erin Smith" could contain a link like:

<a href="" 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).


This section is informative.

Plenty of implementations in the IndieWebCamp community, in particular:


This section is informative.

Articles and blog posts about rel=author:

past implementations

This section is informative.

Past implementations.


Dropped 2014-08-28[1].

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

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="">Erin Smith</a>

This technique is explained in the following video:

query param issues

  • 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. Singpolyma 17:56, 12 August 2011 (UTC)
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