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Re: rel="nofollow" attribute

From: Jens Meiert <jens.meiert@erde3.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 17:45:24 +0100 (MET)
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <9132.1106239524@www54.gmx.net>

> Google and others are introducing a 'rel' attribute value that refers
> to a document that shouldn't be indexed by search engines.  (See 
> http://www.google.com/googleblog/2005/01/preventing-comment-spam.html 
> for more information on why they're doing this.)

Seems to be semantic nonsense, since the "rel" attribute value usually
"describes the relationship from the current document to the anchor" [1].
There's no existing link type [2] similar to "nofollow", either.

> Should this, or some alternative mechanism that achieves the same
> ends, be included in XHTML 2.0?

Rather some alternative solution than this attempt, which in my opinion
should be ignored.


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/links.html#adef-rel
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/types.html#type-links

Jens Meiert
Information Architect

Received on Thursday, 20 January 2005 19:40:28 UTC

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