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ISSUE-127 (link-type-flags): Simplify characterization of link types [HTML 5 spec]

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ISSUE-127 (link-type-flags): Simplify  characterization of link types [HTML 5 spec]


Raised by: Julian Reschke
On product: HTML 5 spec

See http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10644

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.

Related mailing list thread: around

HTML5-SPEC-SECTIONS [other-link-types]
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