Friday, October 29, 2010

First class link relations

The original proposal had link types:

"it is useful for the system to be aware of the generic types of the links between items (dependences, for example)... without imposing any limitations." ... "Note that each link has a type ("includes" for example)..." (1989)

and later, it was made clear that link relations should be first-class - peers to the target itself - or, first-class link selection criteria:

"In this way, link relationships in HTML, and in future XML hypertext languages, should migrate to becoming first class objects." (1999)

I suppose that migration is finally upon us?  RFC 5988 - Web Linking

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