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Re: Identifying D-links with "rel"

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 11:44:21 -0500
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To: dd@w3.org
Cc: nir dagan <dagan@upf.es>, ij@w3.org, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
So the consensus is that class is really better than rel and we pick
something like "wai-dlink" as  a reserved class name?

At 04:34 PM 6/4/1998 +0200, Daniel Dardailler wrote:
>> What is the advantages of using "rel=dlink" over "class=dlink" for
>> providing a mechanism for UAs to identify a D-Link ?
>> Jon
>Responding to messages from Nir and Jon.
>Bottom line: class is better than rel, because it's supported by css1.
>After Nir sent his message, I sent this message to the W3C HTML staff.
>| For WAI, we'd like to be able to mark a particular type of link as
>| being a long description for an image.
>| First we though about
>|   <IMG SRC=foo ALT=bar> <A CLASS=dlink HREF=foo> D </A>
>| but then we said, why not use REL instead, which seems more specific:
>|   <IMG SRC=foo ALT=bar> <A REL=dlink HREF=foo> D </A>
>| but someone said rel is for a relation between the current *document*
>| and the target, not the current element (that would be the A here)
>| From HTML4:
>| A.rel = link-types [CI]
>|      This attribute describes the relationship from the current document to
>|      the anchor specified by the href attribute. The value of this
>|      is a space-separated list of link types.
>| I understand REL for LINK is for the current document, but why is REL
>| for A for the whole document as well ?
>and Dave Raggett said:
>| The formal model (after Dexter) is that of a source anchor and
>| destination anchor.  For LINK the source anchor is the document,
>| while for A it is the element. You could still use the REL attribute
>| as in your second example, since the type of the link is associated
>| in this case with the semantics that the element follows an image
>| element and references information that pertains to it. 
>| On a practical note, CSS1 can't match against the value of the REL
>| attribute, so if that is important, you may want to use the CLASS
>| attribute to allow you to style such anchors. This is not a problem
>| for CSS2, though, which can match REL attributes.
Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
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