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Re: Semantics of <link rel="next">

From: Frank Tobin <ftobin@neverending.org>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2001 11:20:27 -0500 (EST)
To: Ben Bucksch <ben.bucksch.news@beonex.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <20011112103236.E69585-100000@palanthas.neverending.org>
Ben Bucksch, at 21:04 +0100 on 2001-11-11, wrote:

   Trying to implement <link> tags for my website, I am very confused
   about what "next" means.

      1. Does Next go to the next sibling (node/page with the same parent)? or
      2. Is the whole hierarchy imaginary flattened and Next goes to the
         next page in that linear string of all pages, giving some kind of
         a (non-guided) tour through the whole site? or
      3. Are the semantics up to the author?

docbook-generated pages implement "next" as per #2, with next being
impelemented in a depth-first traversal, which gets the user all the way
through the content.

I think that things like (1) are not that useful to most readers.  We have
the Chapter, Section, and Subsection link types that can be used if you
want to have direct references to stuff at certain layers of the tree.
Of course, unfortunately, these are hard-coded named layers, but they are
a halfway decent solution.

Frank Tobin		http://www.neverending.org/~ftobin/
Received on Monday, 12 November 2001 11:20:37 UTC

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