[uf-discuss] rel-tag and arbitrary content

Benjamin West bewest at gmail.com
Mon Sep 24 14:57:37 PDT 2007

On 9/24/07, Taylor Cowan <taylor_cowan at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 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
> http://microformats.org/wiki/hreview
> "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.
> Taylor

The key is that rel-tag is about the page or substantial part of the
page, while hreview makes the subject clear.  You can provide the
fullname/URI of the subject.

Also, your suggestion would require parsers to know about every
microformat container that supports tags.  That becomes a real challenge
for parsers to know about future microformats that may support tagging.

We've had discussions along these lines before.  At one point, someone
suggested adding a top level classname that would serve as a kind of
keyword flag to let parsers know how to apply the rel-tag.  However, we
never reached consensus on the need or the solution. (search for
scoping discussions)

Perhaps delicious' problems with rel-tag is a good enough concrete case
to renew discussion?


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