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Re: meta/@name=description

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 19:06:28 +0200
Message-ID: <4A8C3114.2060204@gmx.de>
To: Chris Cressman <chris@chriscressman.com>
CC: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Chris Cressman wrote:
>> A drawback is that it uses hidden metadata, and, even worse, is likely to
>> duplicate information from the page. It seems what's needed is to markup the
>> page so that a consumer can actually locate the description inside the page.
>>
>> One way to do that would be a link relation, for instance:
>>
>> <link rel="description" href="#desc"/>
> 
> The WHATWG Wiki has a RelExtensions page [1] where anyone can add
> additional rel values. However, I don't think your example is an
> appropriate use of the LINK element in HTML 5 [2]. The LINK element
> would need to be redefined (or clarified) to allow linking to a
> fragment within the current document.

If "link" currently disallows in-document links then that is clearly a 
bug; they are widely used and interoperable.

>> <div id="desc">
>>  <h2>Abstract</h2>
>>  <p>
>>    ...description text...
>>  </p>
>> </div>
> 
> I agree that moving the meta description into the body of the page is
> a good idea. I also think the idea of using a reserved id name could
> work. However, I wouldn't expect HTML 5 to adopt this. Instead, I

I didn't intend the ID to be reserved.

> would pursue this within the microformats community.
> ...

...and that's exactly I wouldn't want a microformat.

BR, Julian
Received on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 17:07:12 GMT

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