[whatwg] scope of link type "license"

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Apr 28 12:58:31 PDT 2009

On Tue, 28 Apr 2009, Nils Dagsson Moskopp wrote:
> As there hasn't been any answer (not even a negative) to my question / 
> proposal

I plan to address a bunch of licensing-related issues together later this 
week. You can see the use cases I have collected so far here:


Search for "Help people searching for content to find content covered by 
licenses that suit their needs".

> I've decided to list a couple of use cases that would benefit 
> from the scope change of @rel="license" I'm envisioning:
>       * First of all, Flickr pages, where one or more images are under
>         distinct (CC-)licenses , but the whole page is not. 
>       * Blogs, were CC-licensed images are used and properly attributed,
>         see <http://www.spreeblick.com/> for an interesting
>         implementation.

I've added these to my notes.

> As I'm planning to do a Wordpress plugin including the proposed markup, 
> Im wondering: Should I just use @rel the way I find useful to spread 
> this organically ?

I don't think reusing rel=license for subparts is workable. There's 
already deployed software that treats it as described in HTML5 (i.e. 
document-wide). We would need something that doesn't conflict with those 
implementations if we want to address this use case.

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