Re: REL and REV attributes (Was: More comments on HTML 3.0)

Larry Masinter (
Fri, 28 Apr 95 12:44:37 EDT

What happened in the hypertext community "since 1967" may not apply to
the web community. In particular, most (all) hypertext systems since
1967 were closed systems with a relatively small number of authors
working together in a small community of practice. In such a
community, ad hoc link-type keywords might be reasonable, since the
community can grow to understand the meaning of tags through other
communication paths.

Personally, I'd prefer having link types registered than ad hoc, and
to treat them as programming-language keywords rather than english
keywords. For example, I would prefer that a French or Japanese
browser still use 'back' for the operation rather than the French or
Japanese translation.