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Re: LINK Element Confusion

From: John T. Whelan <whelan@physics.utah.edu>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 22:26:44 -0600
Message-Id: <199808150426.WAA36643@einstein.physics.utah.edu>
To: www-html@w3.org
>>Under B4, the paragraph, "Indicate the Beginning of a Collection",
>>states use rel="start" but the example that follows has rel="begin".

>BEGIN and START mean the same thing do they not?

	But of course if we want automated indexing agents to deal
with LINK data, we need to have a standard set of definitions that
don't require the bot to have a thesauraus.

> Both REL=START and
>REL=BEGIN merely indicates that the document the link is pointing to can be
>considered the start in a series of documents.


>> Maybe it
>>would be used more if the average HTML author could be given a simple
>>explanation of its use and a simple set of rules to follow.

>OK On every page you make put the following

><LINK REL=START HREF=[homepage url]>

	What about the situation where a set of pages form a unit with
a logical starting point, but the whole family is actually a sub-unit
of a larger whole?  For instance, I have an alternative sports site
with a bunch of stuff on it, including a set of pages for an amateur
baseball team.  Is it reasonable to say that all of those pages have
as their REL="start" the team homepage, but then to say that the team
homepage is actually part of the alternative sports site, so it has a
LINK REL="start" pointing to the homepage of the whole site?  That
seems like a good way to encode that sort of hierarchical structure,
although one might argue that the START page can't have a START page
of its own.  (One could demand that PREVIOUS to label the intermediate
step--here the team homepage--but that implies a sequential ordering
that doesn't make sense to me.)

	And what about joint endeavors?  It it kosher to have two
different LINK REL="start" tags if there are two independent pages
which can claim to be the immediate parents of a page?

					John T. Whelan

PS--You left out LINK REV=made, which has been used by at least one
browser for a long time.
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