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

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Mon Feb 26 11:23:33 PST 2007

On Feb 26, 2007, at 12:13 PM, Angus McIntyre wrote:

> On Mon, February 26, 2007 11:53 am, Mike Kaply wrote:
>> ... please don't say "use an external tagspace" The tag might be
>> an internal only product or a codename, so the tagspace belongs
>> inside the company.
> This actually relates to an issue I've been dealing with.
> I have a bunch of places where I want to use rel-tag, but I don't  
> want to
> send users sailing off to Technorati or wherever. The spec says:
>    The destination of a rel="tag" hyperlink is required to be a
>    tag space (a place that collates or defines tags) ...
> The general behavior that I want is to make the tag a link to a search
> results page that lists similarly-tagged items. You can see this  
> at, for
> example:
>     http://sexworkersproject.org/publications/archives/factsheets/2005
> This is an index page for a set of documents and the tags for the
> documents (and by extension, the page) are shown in a gray box at  
> the end
> of the page; clicking on any tag takes you to a page listing all  
> documents
> containing that tag. (This may look a little weird on IE6; I'm still
> dealing with some of the usual IE CSS rendering issues).
> My question is whether the search results page can be said to  
> 'collate'
> the tags in the sense that the spec intends.
> Opinions?

I think that looks pretty much the same as any other tag space, a  
collection of content giving a tag additional context.  If you're  
asking because it's a relatively small tag space, I don't think  
that's really relevant.  A tag space that gives context to only one  
tag could communicate as much as the broadest tag space, e.g.  
Wikipedia.  There is good reason to prefer shared tag spaces, for the  
same reason we prefer shared HTML semantics in microformats: it eases  
communication.  But that's only true if the shared tag spaces  
communicate what you want to communicate.  This tag:


seems to mean something much more specific than this tag:


and Wikipedia doesn't appear to have any tag to capture that more  
specific meaning.  If you aren't able to find a tag space that  
communicates the meaning you want, it makes sense for you to  
establish your own tag space.  Please consider adding your tag space  
to the wiki, so others who want to capture the same meaning could use  



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