[uf-discuss] Should microformat features (like rel-tag) have explicit scope?

Derrick Lyndon Pallas derrick at pallas.us
Fri Feb 2 17:32:44 PST 2007

Brian Suda wrote:
> I get the feeling you want both the rel-tag and bookmark spiders to 
> index it in the
> exact same way? At the moment this is NOT how rel-tag works.
> Do you have a specific use-case or URL you want us to look at?
> otherwise we should stay away from hypothetical what ifs.

No, I don't want those spiders to behave the same way and I don't think 
I've been unclear on my reasoning behind this or my use-case, which has 
been presented several times. I'd rather not have wild guesses; 
therefore: I, as a consumer of rel-tags, would like a way to know when 
the specificity of a rel-tag changes without having to write down and 
check a list of formats that change it.

I'm not suggesting that we change the semantics of rel-tag, I'm 
suggesting that we add a marker that indicates where other microformats 
begin so we can tell when the semantics of features change.

At any rate, Tantek said today that it is a non-issue that comes up 
quite often, so at his request, I put a section on 
<http://www.microformats.org/wiki/rel-tag-faq> describing his 
explanation applied to my use-case, that of blogrolls.

And for the record: yes, I do understand the difference between 
normative and positive specification. ~D

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