Chapter 4. Defining Relationships: XFN
In the last chapter, we examined how to define links using
rel-based microformats and VoteLinks, which uses the
rev attribute. Now we will focus on using the
rel attribute for links in order to define social relationships.
What Is XFN?
XFN (XHTML Friends Network) is another elemental microformat—it uses just one attribute-value pair—that defines link relationships. But unlike the
rel-based microformats, which describe relationships of
href destinations to pages, XFN describes social relationships among people.
Developed by the Global Multimedia Protocols Group (GMPG), XFN evolved in response to the blogroll trend, where content authors publish links to other sites they recommend. Often these blogrolls ...