[whatwg] Rel and META values

Bil Corry bil at corry.biz
Tue Jul 21 08:08:34 PDT 2009

Ian Hickson wrote on 7/19/2009 5:39 AM: 
> On Wed, 15 Jul 2009, Bil Corry wrote:
>> I'm curious too, since the HTML5 draft itself says[1]:
>> -----
>> "This specification does not define how new values will get approved. It 
>> is expected that the Wiki will have a community that addresses this."
>> -----
>> So the verbiage at the bottom regarding how a status becomes "Accepted" 
>> appears to be incorrect.  There is no process currently in place to 
>> adopt any proposed rel value as Accepted.
> The "community" right now is defined as the microformats+w3c communities. 
> I'd like a more dedicated community, but that doesn't just happen on its 
> own -- someone has to step forward and own that process. It's a lot of 
> work, and if we are to have continuity and stability in the process, it 
> would have to be someone willing to commit to this for many years.

What do you think of adopting Web Linking's registry and registration process?


>> The other issue is Mark Nottingham's Web Linking draft[2].  It section 
>> 6.2, it establishes its own Link Relation Type Registry and the process 
>> by which additional link relations are added.  It would seem to me that 
>> it would be prudent to have a single registry and process for both HTML5 
>> and the Web Linking draft.
> Web Linking isn't really compatible with the HTML5 spec as far as I can 
> tell. For example it doesn't let you create types that depend on the other 
> types present (e.g. as we do with "up" and "alternate"), it doesn't let 
> you add other attributes (as we do for "icon" and sizes=""), it doesn't 
> define how the linking fits into the processing models for other 
> technologies (e.g. where style sheets from Link: headers fit in to the 
> cascade), and so on. Mark is aware of these issues, but has declined to 
> make his draft handle them. At the moment, HTML5 doesn't hook rel="" into 
> the Web Linking registry.

I spoke with Mark, he is willing to work with WHAT WG to ensure compatibility between his draft and HTML5 if you're committed to resolving the differences between them.

- Bil

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