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Link Types

HTML does contain a number of link types. A few of them—author, bookmark, help, license, pingback, search, stylesheet, tag—even encode relationships, albeit weak ones in some cases. (Tag could be anything from a country to a topic to a sector to an audience.)

But most HTML link types are instructions for machines (canonical, no-follow, prefetch) or for navigation (up, previous, last).

What they don't do (but should!) is encode editorial (read: rhetorical) intent. Those could be as simple as a link type called reference or note. Or they could also be much more complex, with types like methodology or findings.

It's link types as the hypertext equivalent of predicates inside a triple store database.

Referenced in

Essentials of a Better Web

They encode relationships. A link should have types that tell you whether it's a reference or a note or a parallel idea inside another lexia.