[Bug 10644] New: over-complex characterization of link types


           Summary: over-complex characterization of link types
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
               URL: ://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/links.html#other-link-types
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: NE
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: julian.reschke@gmx.de
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,

The spec currently allows link types to have different effects on <link> on
<a>. That contradicts the goal of having consistent semantics of link
relations, independently on where they appear.

In fact, none of the currently defined link relations differ in this; the only
difference is that some are said not to be allowed on certain elements (whether
*that* is a good idea is a separate issue).

Proposal: change the spec to define "effect on" for *all* elements, and have a
separate flag/column to describe where they are allowed. 

This will simplify registries (see ISSUE-27), and also discourage definition of
link relations that indeed have different semantics on different elements.

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Received on Friday, 17 September 2010 12:53:42 UTC