I certainly am interested in this. I've been working with a community of folks that are primarily fans of a little band from Texas [Houston, actually, Matt ;)], and I've been thinking about building a php application for linking folks together.
I think that the concept's pretty doggone interesting, and I'd be involved purely just for the fun factor.
OK. I am using:
rel='acquaintance' in 3 of the links on my site. What change does that make. Or am I missing the point...
XFN has my vote! BTW, thanks for posting this, because up until now, I haven't had time to figure out what the REL field was all about in the the Links Manager! LOL!
Now I know, and I like it! It makes total sense to do something like that. In fact, I think I'm gonna update all of my links accordingly!
I just finished updating all links in my link manager as appropriate. That was a pain, but doing it once means that you never have to do it again. :)
I am now using this on my site as well. I am also taking advantage of the super cool CSS 2.1 hack. I think this is a good start to build more community between us.
I would be interested in more applications of this technology, as well as ideas for implementation and roll-out.
Which CSS 2.1 hack are you referring to?
It's one of those things that takes about 10 minutes when you first do it but after that it's a breeze.
Thanks for the explanation! It's a great help.
NuclearMoose: No problem, I enjoy helping with the stuff I actually know something about.
I saw on some of the discussion about it all that there's some discussion about a "me" variable. This would work for me, personally, seeing as I have a couple sites.
Also, if the rel attribute in the Link Manager is really to be used for this, might not a drop-down box be applicable, with the ability to select multiple options in the box? Obviously, this damages flexibility from other rel attributes, though.
You know what's funny is a week or two before we released Tantek proposed a "me" value and we discussed ourselves out of it. The plan though is to take the feedback from version 1 and see how people are using it and incorporate the most popular and most effective suggestions into 2.
Are there plans to have a central place for comments, or are you three going to try to aggregate them as best you can?
We're going to have a blog eventually (powered by WP of course) where we point to people who post about XFN on their blog or site.
Wicked cool. :)
"woah. I have a relational web of friends now"
I am on the XFN Friendly User page! I will do it more responsibly now. Never knew, it meant so much to the developers. :O)
Who do we have to bribe to be on there? ;)
for me it was a welcome surprise. considering i only had few of the links worth XFNing... :)
Thinking on what Jesuit posted about using CSS2 techniques ... I'm mulling adding buttons [though square rather than your standard ubiqutous rectangular buttons] to note the relationship types.
If I can come up with something moderately pleasing, I'll share.
Since it's probably not clear unless you stare at the CSS a while: I was generating A, F, and M buttons on the fly, using green as the background for the A and F [the relationship buttons] and gray for the M [the physical buttons]. I had cribbed up a sheet that proposed blue for the professional, khaki for the geographical, white for the familial, and red for the romantic.
I guess I could conceivably come up with CSS to match each possible set of rel attribute, but the other issue with that is convention of the generation of the rel keywords--you'd need to be consistent about order to make it work.
I'll scratch my chin some more.
GFM, I've run into this problem before. What I hope to do is build a small PHP app that lets you enter what stylings you want and then it iterates and creates the CSS for all possible combinations.
Well, I don't have any big issues with creating the combinatorics [crap, I spent too much time in probability and statistics back in college], but that's going to blow the size of your stylesheet up something fierce, and my stylesheet would be specific to the way that I've ordered the XFN-ish rel attributes.
I just checked in an adaption of the XFN Creator integrated with the link manager into the CVS.
I just went XFN crazy today on my blog. I love the concept as it makes the Internet more RELevant between actual people.
Great stuff, gentlemen.
What if you created classes for each with the CSS?
border-color:#FC9 #630 #330 #F96;
font:bold 1em 'Courier New';
margin: 0 5px 0 0;
I don't know if this would work, but maybe it's worth a try. :)
It possibly could work, but I fear that you'll again run into the same problem I had before. It's something to consider after I get back from the holidays.
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