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Re: Getting beyond the ping pong match (was RE: Cleaning House)

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Sun, 6 May 2007 00:46:12 +0300 (EEST)
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On Sun, 6 May 2007, Henri Sivonen wrote:

> When Google started inferring authority from links, did they ask anyone if 
> they had the right?

I have no idea of what you mean by "inferring authority", but why would 
that matter? If someone makes wrong or questionable inferences, is that an 
excuse for making such inferences part of a specification?

>> (For example, in my page about intellectual rights, I may well have marked 
>> parts _discussing_ copyright issues with such an attribute,
> I know you have pages discussing copyright but do you really use 
> class='copyright' for something other than copyright notices?

I don't think my actual usage matters the least here. I simply presented a 
plausible example.

> Do you expect 
> the usage of class='copyright' for something other than copyright notices to 
> be a common practice to a degree that it would be unreasonable to assume that 
> class='copyright' marks a copyright notice?

I'm not making assumptions. _You_ would make a wild assumption if you 
assume that class='copyright' marks a copyright notice.

And if we move to "note", "issue", etc., it gets even wilder. Do we even 
know all the meanings of the string "note" in the different languages that 
web authors speak?

Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
Received on Saturday, 5 May 2007 21:58:51 UTC

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