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Re: 3.7.4. The link element (Spec Review)

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 11:01:03 -0700
Message-Id: <032C3CD9-D1BB-4A4E-A9AC-02FD5E9B1C5B@gbiv.com>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>

On Sep 4, 2007, at 3:24 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:
> Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Hi,
>> below a few comments with respect to Section 3.7.4 (<http:// 
>> www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/#the-link>):
>> ...
> I just noticed that the "rev" attribute seems to be gone; why?

Probably because it was always difficult to understand and almost
always used incorrectly even when it was used.  It is far easier
to understand an inverted relationship name, e.g.

    rel="child"  <==>  rev="parent"
    rev="child"  <==>  rel="parent"

Both rel uses are obvious.  The same relationship expressed as
rev requires twice as much thinking to understand, and is usually
mistaken because nobody expects a single character to reverse the
meaning of mark-up.

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