[whatwg] HTML5 Edit Link Relation

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Nov 6 07:31:14 PST 2007

On Mon, 5 Nov 2007, Martin Atkins wrote:
> James M Snell wrote:
> > This is just off the top of my head so I'm certain that there are
> > probably reasons why this wouldn't work, but could we not do something like,
> > 
> >   <link rel="edit put delete patch" href="http://example.org/foo" />
> > 
> > Edit indicates the purpose of the link, put, delete and patch indicate
> > methods (in addition to GET).
> > 
> That doesn't tell you what sort of stuff you are allowed to PUT to that 
> URL, though. I'm not sure that HTML is really the place to tell you that 
> it expects an Atom entry, but without it knowing that it supports PUT is 
> not that useful either.
> However, I guess one could argue that there should be something that 
> acts as the opposite of the "type" attribute: rather than the type that 
> should result when you GET, instead indicate the type that you should 
> PUT. Probably too tricky to be worth it, though: it'd probably need all 
> of the capabilities of the HTTP "Accept" header to be useful, and it's 
> questionable whether that much detail should be defined externally of 
> the resource itself.

It's an interesting idea, but as you say, I'm not sure we should do it 
immediately. It may be worth study for a future version though.

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