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Re: rel="nofollow" attribute

From: Justin Wood (Callek) <116057@bacon.qcc.mass.edu>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 23:11:13 -0500
Message-ID: <41F080E1.4090309@bacon.qcc.mass.edu>
To: Anne van Kesteren <fora@annevankesteren.nl>, www-html-editor@w3.org

Anne van Kesteren wrote:

> Jens Meiert wrote:
>> Rather some alternative solution than this attempt, which in my opinion
>> should be ignored.
> So world wide implementations should be ignored? If the W3C had 
> proposed something for this a while ago, maybe in a single draft, I 
> guess it would have been possible.
> However, since it seems (I may be wrong) that the W3C is currently not 
> really looking for what authors need, solutions are find in one way or 
> another and implemented in user agents.
> This particular thing is/will be implemented in at least 3 major 
> search engines and in at least 10 weblog systems[1]. And that is only 
> on day of release.
> I do not think the W3C can simply ignore such things and say that some 
> alternative solution should be made. If the W3C wants some influence 
> on where the web is heading it should act before such a thing as this 
> happens.
> They can easily do this by looking for what authors want and what 
> useful extensions would be for HTML and XHTML that authors need today 
> instead of in 20 years.
> [1]<http://www.google.com/googleblog/2005/01/preventing-comment-spam.html> 

I personally think google should not extend the html namespace (as per 
html, not xhtml) by adding this there, perhaps a google_nofollow boolean 
attribute for html, or <xhtml:a google:nofollow="1" xlink:href="foo"/> 
or simply find a method to do this in the <meta> element/

Direct Search Engine Indexing Support lies outside the scope of W3C imo, 
and should be included in other "specifications" or Extensions rather 
than potentially conflicting ones with existing implementations.  (see 
the rfc on robots.txt ...if I remember right that it is a rfc)

Just my two cents,
~Justin Wood
Received on Friday, 21 January 2005 04:12:03 UTC

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