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[whatwg] Absent rev?

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 10:13:26 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0811181010530.25579@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Tue, 18 Nov 2008, Martin McEvoy wrote:
> 
> Just one small question
> 
> Why Has HTML5 dropped the rev=""[1] attribute?
> 
> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/html5-diff/#absent-attributes

We did some studies and found that the attribute was almost never used, 
and most of the time, when it was used, it was a typo where someone meant 
to write rel="" but wrote rev="". To be precise, the most commonly used 
value was rev="made", which is equivalent to rel="author" and thus was not 
a convincing use case. The second most common value was rev="stylesheet", 
which is meaningless and obviously meant to be rel="stylesheet". We 
therefore determined that authors would benefit more from the validator 
complaining about this attribute instead of supporting it.

Anything that could be done with rev="" can be done with rel="" with an 
opposite keyword, so this omission should be easy to handle.

Cheers,
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