[uf-discuss] rel-tag title as tag value (Was: Should microformat features (like rel-tag) have explicit scope?)

Kevin Marks kevinmarks at mac.com
Sat Feb 24 10:12:29 PST 2007

On Feb 24, 2007, at 9:41 AM, Mike Kaply wrote:

> Was there a reason in the original creation of rel-tag that no one
> thought to allow title to specify the tagname?

Yes, the idea was to make it more resilient against gaming by  
requiring the URL to embody the tag. This followed existing practice  
on successful tagging sites, and generalised it to a decentralised  

> What should a front-end developer do in situations where the back-end
> developer can't/won't make changes to support the syntax that the
> rel-tag spec requires?

Use an external tagspace. Having your own tagspace is not necessarily  
a good idea; you want the tag link to be helpful to readers. In many  
cases, linking to flickr, wikipedia, technorati or delicious is mroe  
useful than linking to an internal page that just links back to the  
post in question if it is a singly-used tag.

Also, the backend dev may be more amenable when you pepper your posts  
with external links...

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