The Canonical Link Relation
RFC 6596

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Subject: Document Action: 'The Canonical Link Relation' to Informational RFC (draft-ohye-canonical-link-relation-05.txt)

The IESG has approved the following document:
- 'The Canonical Link Relation'
  (draft-ohye-canonical-link-relation-05.txt) as an Informational RFC

This document has been reviewed in the IETF but is not the product of an
IETF Working Group.

The IESG contact person is Peter Saint-Andre.

A URL of this Internet Draft is:

Technical Summary

   RFC 5988 specified a way to define relationships between links on
   the web.  This document describes a new type of such relationship,
   "canonical", which designates the preferred URI from a set of
   identical or vastly similar ones.

Working Group Summary

   This document is not the product of a working group.  It emerged
   from a registration request on the list and
   received comprehensive review on the list.
   The discussion was fairly straightforward.  Some questions were
   raised about the need for the "canonical" link relation type and 
   about support for non-HTTP URIs.  Those issues have been 
   addressed in the most recent version.

Document Quality

   Reviews occurred on the list and the list, resulting in good quality for the


   The Document Shepherd  / Responsible Area Director is
   Peter Saint-Andre.

RFC Editor Note

   In designating a canonical URI, please see [RFC3986] for information
   on URI encoding.

   Internationalization considerations for link relations are provided
   in Section 8 of [RFC5988].