[uf-discuss] rel-tag and arbitrary content

Taylor Cowan taylor_cowan at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 24 11:32:09 PDT 2007

I received some good feedback from delicious about why rel-tag isn't being used.  One point that was made is that rel-tag only describes the page it's on, not a particular link or other external content...and unfortunately the wiki doc echoes the concern

rel="tag" is NOT designed for "tagging" arbitrary URLs or external
content. There is demand for a general decentralized syntax for tagging
URLs external to the current page, but this is not meant for that. See xFolk and hReview for ways to tag arbitrary URLs.

But if we go and read xFolk or hReview to discover the "general decentralized syntax for tagging", we are presented with rel-tag:

"tags:: Tags are represented using a list of keywords or phrases (using the rel-tag microformat for each individual keyword or phrase tag) that the reviewer associates with the item."

I'd have said "rel-tag modifies the page it's on or the nearest microformatted content parent that supports tags (hReview, xFolk, hfeed, hentry), whichever comes first".  The advantage being that verbiage like that can be translated into parsing without too much thought.


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