It would be really nice if all the next/prev links at the bottom of SO pages had rel=next / rel=prev on them, for use with browsers like Opera or the Firefox extensions that support this format for nice keyboard shortcuts :)

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    Who uses Opera anyway? – random Dec 26 '09 at 11:56
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    Some random guy from Australia. – Ladybug Killer Dec 26 '09 at 12:55
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    I think the 3 people in the world using Opera can rough it. – Sam152 Dec 26 '09 at 15:49
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    You shouldn't think that way. Maybe this feature is included in other browsers soon. – Midas Dec 28 '09 at 13:57

What is the correct syntax here? Where is this documented in the HTML 4.01 spec?

Ah, found it:


  <TITLE>Chapter 2</TITLE>
  <LINK rel="Index" href="../index.html">
  <LINK rel="Next"  href="Chapter3.html">
  <LINK rel="Prev"  href="Chapter1.html">
...the rest of the document...

but wait -- only the oddball <link> tag? Does this syntax work for hyperlinks?

<a href="http://example.com" rel="next">

That's easiest, anything else and this is not worth doing.

edit: the op specifically said

all the next/prev links at the bottom of SO pages had rel=next / rel=prev on them

We already do rel="tag" on links that are tags, so I am going to do the same for the pagination next and previous links.

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  • Nope, just in the LINK tag. – random Dec 28 '09 at 10:51
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    You can find a list of all link types here: w3.org/TR/html401/types.html#type-links – Thomas Freudenberg Dec 28 '09 at 13:21
  • FTR it's very much allowed on <a> tags, and many tools support that. I think Opera itself may have a bug in that it only supports <link>, though – singpolyma May 8 '11 at 17:30

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