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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Is The HTML Anchor rel Attribute Useful To Browsers?

As of now, browsers does not find the rel attribute in the HTML anchor <a> tag as useful. But this does not mean that the rel attribute is not important, especially to search engine. This is because the rel attribute help search engines understand the relationship between the current document and the document that is being linked to.

For example, the nofollow value of the rel attribute tells a search engine spider not to follow the link it appears on so as to craw the document. Thus search engine such as Google will not feel that the current document is giving the credit to the other document being linked to.

So, the rel attribute of the <a> tag and it's values are very important to search engines but as of now, there seems not be any usefulness of the rel attribute to browsers.

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