Link Relations in HTML5

Mark Pilgrim has turned the WHAT Working Group’s blog into a tool of genuine outreach and tremendously helpful (even entertaining) information. His “Road to HTML5″ column “explain[s] … new elements, attributes, and other features in the upcoming HTML 5 specification” with frank clarity and developer-focused practicality.

The April 17th installment all about link relations. And while that may sound confusing, boring, or pedantic, it is actually clear, fascinating, and quite useful. If you’ve dabbled in Microformats or used rel= in your header, you’ll recognize the material and appreciate the way HTML5 is attempting to bring order to it.

And speaking of HTML5, don’t just eat the sausage, help make it. Although not a democracy, the WHAT WG is the most open standards-making activity seen on the web. To participate (even just by following along), join the mailing list.


5 thoughts on “Link Relations in HTML5

  1. Interesting that rev is being dropped, I didn’t know that. Web developers: when you start getting the mailing list updates from WHATWG, you’ll find that the majority of the discussion relates to browser makers, and much of it will go over your head, like it did mine. Don’t let that put you off! There is plenty of discussion of semantics and other developer-relevant topics, and its worth wading through the browser talk to find it.

  2. @Alexis I almost freaked out. I spent a good 5 minutes trying to figure out why Google Reader wasn’t updating. @Zeldman’s wording made it seem like Pilgram has recently been doing this stuff, and I had January as the last update. Eventually, I saw the post was April 2009. Now that it’s all sorted out in my head, I don’t know that it could have been much clearer if reworded, except that a year on the link would have removed the ambiguity that confused me.

  3. that article in from April 17, 2009.

    Damn it. Why did I think it was new? Sorry.

    Things have changed in the HTML5 spec; they are changing constantly.

    But I believe the article is up to date.

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