Re: <a footnote="proposal">

Scott E. Preece (
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 08:29:15 -0500

Date: Wed, 16 Oct 1996 08:29:15 -0500
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From: "Scott E. Preece" <>
In-reply-to: Peter Flynn's message of 15 Oct 1996 22:22:22 +0100
Subject: Re: <a footnote="proposal">

 From: Peter Flynn <>
| In a document mythesis.html:
|    <a href="alpha_authors.html" rel="bibliography">
|    <a href="dept_index.html" rev="theses">
| In other words, REL is an "I made/own this object" and REV is a "this
| object made/owns me".

I don't think "made/own" describes the most usual cases.  I'd suggest
reading them as REL="it is my x" and REV="I am its x", where "it" should
be replaced with the URL of the target and x should be replaced by the
text of the rel or rev.

	 <a href="alpha_authors.html" rel="bibliography">
would be read "alpha_authors.html is my bibliography".

Another way to look at it is that the anchor (or link) expresses a
relationship between two resources and the REL or REV describes which
side of the relationship plays the named role.  REL says the target
plays the named role; REV says the source (the resource containing the
anchor or link) plays the named role.

This is an arbitrary rule - you just have to learn it.  The authors of
HTML could have chosen the opposite reading just as easily.


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