Re: HTML 4.0 draft available

Dave Raggett (
Wed, 9 Jul 1997 12:08:53 -0400 ()

Date: Wed, 9 Jul 1997 12:08:53 -0400 ()
From: Dave Raggett <>
To: Rob <>
Subject: Re: HTML 4.0 draft available
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On Tue, 8 Jul 1997, Rob wrote:

> After a quick read, some questions regarding LINK REV/REL attributes.
> What happened to Parent, Sibling, Child, Top, and Owns? (as in <LINK 
> REL=TOP HREF="index.html">) Are they deprecated? And what about 
> Citation, Bibiography, Footnote, etc?

The W3C HTML working group chose not to include a normative set
of LINK types. I could easily expand the informative section
in the spec, but can't cover all LINK types.

The spec does however allow you to name the namespace you are
using for the LINK types using the new profile attribute on
the HEAD. The profile also covers properties defined using META.
The idea is to allow organizations to specify the namespace
they are using so that user agents can apply the appropriate

There is a lot of current activity on richer ways to specify
meta information which explains why this isn't a major part
of the HTML 4.0 spec.

> Also, some suggestions (for LINK REL=...):
>  See-Also
>    For documents that are related, but with no obvious hierarchy or
>    relationship
>  Maintains
>    Site maintainer, as in <LINK REV=MAINTAINS
>    HREF="">, not necessarily the author.

All good ideas. Perhaps this list could help to recommend
a smallish set of link types that are in widespread use *today*.

Note that once the dust settles on the meta-info representation
work, there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss appropriate
conventions. It seems unwise therefore to preempt this in the
HTML spec.


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