[Foundation-l] Proposed revised attribution language

Jussi-Ville Heiskanen cimonavaro at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 03:39:24 UTC 2009

Brian wrote:
> I'm not really clear on what a link is. You specify it as a URL, but a
> URL alone does not constitute a link. A link is the rendering of this
> code:
> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page">label</a>
> But the proposed attribution guideline says absolutely nothing about
> what the link label should be, and only specifies the href component
> of the link.

I share this worry. At a minimum we should require that the
person coming up on the link understand what it is. That is
that somewhere behind the curtain there is a list of authors
that can be got at, no matter how many clicks they have to
do to get at them.

I will not actively say that I support the idea that just linking
to the source (as opposed to linking into history) is sufficient,
but if that is the method used, it (the link text) damn well
better make clear that the authors are in the history of that
source article page, and not in the plaintext.


Jussi-Ville Heiskanen

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