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rel-product brainstorming

What rel-product will change in your life

With rel-product it would be easier to go to some product website by just searching for its name, for instance you want to go the iPod website, so you go to some microformat search engine that could suport rel-product and search for iPod. if some site has linked http://www.apple.com/iPod/iPod.html with rel-product you will find it.


Draft Proposal for rel-product 2006-06-10


Rafael Gaspar

Rafael, please read the microformats The microformats process and please join the microformats-discuss list so we can help walk you through the steps in the process in order to best develop your idea for a microformat. E.g. there may better names, as what you are focusing on for this is the OFFICIALness rather than the PRODUCTness of the destination of the link. In addition, what you are describing is not really a relationship FROM the source TO the destination (please read rel-faq), what you are describing is more something "about" the destination, which is perhaps better done by tagging the destination link as "OFFICIAL" either via xFolk or hReview. - Tantek


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rel-product is a proposal for a microformat. By adding rel="product" to an hyperlink indicates that the destination of that hyperlink is the Product Website.

e.g. by placing this link on a page,

<a href="http://www.apple.com/ipod/ipod.html" rel="product">iPod</a>

the author indicates that the link points to Product Website.

The linked page SHOULD be the Website, And the text of the hyperlink SHOULD be the product name.


rel="product" is specifically designed for referencing the OFFICIAL website of the product; content, typically hosted on its own company website.

rel="product" is NOT designed for referencing arbitrary URLs or Shopping Websites with this product.

XMDP profile

<dl class="profile">
 <dt id="rel">rel</dt>
   <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>
   <dt id="product">product</dt>
   <dd>Indicates that the referred resource is the OFFICIAL website of the product specified into the hyperlink text.</dd>

Encoding issues

Spaces can be encoded either as + or %20. Unicode characters are encoded as specified in RFC 3986.


This section is informative.

By now there is no rel-product implementation.

My idea is a search engine like Technorati Contact Search


Normative References

  • HTML 4
  • XHTML 1
  • XMDP
  • RFC 3986 specifies URL syntax. Section 3.3 specifies URL paths and path segments.

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