Dylan Tweney comes out against Technorati’s rel= tagging scheme, and the requirement that tags be visible on the page (I’ve been irked by this requirement, but have gone along with it while waiting for something better to show up).
The problem with â€œmicroformats,â€ which Technorati is pushing pretty hard, is that they seem to be no more than poorly implemented metadata standards. … And encoding content as part of a linked pageâ€™s URL? How much more inflexible can you get? This is supposed to be an improvement over META tags?
This gets to the meat: “You want to make metadata visible? Write a browser plugin that lets you view META tags.”
Precisely. Data isn’t exactly “meta” if it’s right there on the page, is it?