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Re: what is the spec telling authors about missing link/@rel?

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 03 Sep 2009 13:43:54 -0500
To: Edward O'Connor <hober0@gmail.com>
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <1252003434.22683.11119.camel@pav.lan>
On Thu, 2009-09-03 at 11:27 -0700, Edward O'Connor wrote:
> >> I think it's defining the semantics of a nonconforming case.
> >
> > That makes no sense to me. Why tell authors semantics
> > of nonconforming cases?
> [...]
> > i.e. that some documents are non-conforming but
> > their semantics are of interest not just
> > to tag-soup-consumers but to authors as well?
> As an author, I'm interested in the semantics of documents that I write,
> regardless of whether or not I manage to obey all of the conformance
> criteria. So I think the spec is sensible in this case.

If the semantics are specified in the case of a missing link/@rel
attribute, I don't see how "must be present" is necessary for
interoperability (cf RFC2119). "should be present" is
more appropriate.

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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