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Web Developer Resource Index: XMDP

The XMDP profile attribute of the <head> element of an XHTML or HTML document provides the Web author with a method of linking to a simple resource that lists terms and their definitions for anchor relationships that are not covered by the suggestions made in the HTML 4.01 specification section on link types.

Such dictionaries may be grouped together into categories. For example, XFN uses an XMDP profile to describe the relationships between people. Visit for more information on XFN and similar open data formats. Should the author require multiple profiles, separate each URI with white space.

This Web site hosts two profiles, both of which are generated from a MySQL table using PHP. The first is a standard version and has the added feature of linking to pages on this site as are applicable, the other is generated first as XML from the database and then transformed into XHTML using an XSLT stylesheet. Why bother to store the data in a SQL table? That way I can simply insert a new term and its definition (and possibly a FK which links to a resource) and both profiles are instantly updated.

The abbreviation XMDP, for XHTML Metadata Profile, was first suggested by Tantek Çelik.

Updated: Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 @ 1:53 AM EDT

Data Formats:Metadata:XMDP {0}(6)[45]



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§ A.Author
§ B.Best
§ D.Domain
§ F.Recent
§ G.Tag
§ H.Title

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