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Re: rel="contact"

From: Matthew Raymond <mattraymond@earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 22:49:47 -0500
Message-ID: <47B1175B.6060504@earthlink.net>
To: Ryan King <ryan@theryanking.com>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Ryan King wrote:
> html5 defines rel="contact"[1] in a way that clashes with XFN[2],  
> which has wide deployment on the web today.
> I suggest that rel="contact" be dropped from HTML5, since you can  
> accomplish the same things with the existing combination of XFN+hCard.
> 1. [http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/section-links.html#link-type3]
> 2. http://gmpg.org/xfn/

    While I understand the obvious conflict with existing microformat 
content, I can't say that XFN's definition of "contact" is at all 
intuitive. If I were to see |rel="contact"| in an HTML document without 
knowing anything about XFN, my first thought would be that the hyperlink 
points to contact information as opposed to being a link for the web 
page of someone who is a contact. In fact, I don't know anyone I'd refer 
to as a "contact", and even if I did, I'm not sure how that helps a 
third party, except so that they can bother me to pass on some sort of 
message to the "contact" in question.

    (Similarly, I would interpret "parent" to be the same as "up" in a 
hyperlink context. By contrast, "friend" or "crush" are far more obvious.)
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