[uf-discuss] rel-tag title as tag value

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Tue Feb 27 16:38:42 PST 2007

On Feb 27, 2007, at 4:38 PM, Mike Kaply wrote:

> This all points back to the original problem which I still haven't got
> a good explanation for.
> Microformats that require no custom changes to servers or web page:
> hCard
> hCalendar
> hAtom
> hReview
> Address
> hResume
> xFolk
> Microformats that require specific settings on your web server, and
> access by the user to configure that web server if necessary and a
> very specific syntax that you might not be able to accomplish with
> your configuration:
> rel-tag
> Does anyone see the disconnect or just me?

All rel-* microformats (e.g. XFN, rel-license, vote-links, even rel- 
nofollow) require something on the other end of the link.  Most  
require just a document relevant to the microformat.  rel-tag  
requires that document be (or appear to be) the index of a  
directory.  All web servers allow directory indexing by default, so  
this does not require any special configuration.  It just requires  
access to create files on the server, which is no different from what  
any other rel-* microformat requires.

I think this requirement is more onerous with rel-tag primarily  
because there are a lot more documents involved in rel-tag than any  
of the other rel-* microformats, not really because it's a  
fundamentally different type of microformat.  And this is apparently  
a widespread concern, but it will be easy to dismiss as an edge case  
until someone has documented a convincingly large number of real- 
world examples where rel-tag currently fails.  This is the primary  
disconnect I see.  I think this wiki page is a good place to start  
documenting tag space formats to see if the standard format (last  
path segment) identified in rel-tag falls short of the 80% mark:



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