What is the purpose of "rel" links?

Justin Sheehy justin at basho.com
Mon Jul 22 10:19:40 EDT 2013

Hi, Age.

The Link header in HTTP as used by Riak is defined by RFC 5988. In the Link Relation Type registry (http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5988#section-6.2.2) you can see that the relation type "up" refers to a parent document in a hierarchy of documents. In Riak, this means the bucket a key is in.

These are not Riak's own links, but rather an additional use of the Link header form which may be useful to some clients.

I hope that this helps.


On Jul 12, 2013, at 1:52 PM, Age Mooij <age.mooij at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi
> I've been looking at links and link walking and I noticed that Riak very often returns a special type of link with rel="up" instead of a riaktag, which is illegal for users to create.
> What is the purpose of this link? (beyond the reasonably obvious "this key belongs to bucket X). Why was it added?
> Are there other "rels" than "up"? 
> Can they be followed through link walking?
> This behavior is not documented anywhere that I (or Google) could find.
> Age

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