[whatwg] Inferring rel="feed" from the media type
distobj at acm.org
Wed Nov 29 09:53:01 PST 2006
HTML 5 says;
"If the alternate keyword is used with the type attribute set to the
value application/rss+xml or the value application/atom+xml, then the
user agent must treat the link as it would if it had the feed keyword
specified as well."
I believe this in error. Atom, at least (I expect this also holds for
RSS), is useful for representing more things than just feeds. It's
really a generic packaging mechanism. For example, one might do the
equivalent of MHTML using Atom, and link such a document to an HTML
page with rel="alternate". But it isn't a feed, and it isn't
something you'd want syndication tools to auto-discover as a feed,
since that will just confuse users.
In addition, the media type on link is non-authoritative, meaning that
feed-semantics would be inferred before it was even ascertained that
the would-be representation was actually an Atom or RSS document.
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