Ian Hixie at Google just published a really awesome web authoring survey of a billion documents. What I found most interesting about reading it was places that things I’ve worked on, notably WordPress and GMPG, popped up.
HTTP Headers — “A pretty significant number of pages include an
X-Pingback header (more than the number of pages with the
Set-Cookie2 header). In fact,
X-Pingback was the 30th most-seen header in our data sample.”
WordPress is one of the few platforms that supports pingback, an alternative to Trackback with a real spec. Apparently there are enough WP pages in the world for this to make a blip on the radar.
Page Headers — “It turns out that a tiny but measurable number of people do use the
profileattribute, though. The three most-often used values are
http://gmpg.org/xfn/11. This makes XFN the most popular HTML metadata profile!”
Too cool for words. Both of these profiles are included by default in some WordPress templates.
rel="bookmark" both skirt the charts in the link relationship page. No XFN values made the cut there.
The <a> element — “
external seems to be mainly propagated by WordPress, but people have long been asking for a way to label their links as being external vs internal.”
Nice to get a direct mention there, and we’ve supported
tag from the beginning. All in all the report is a very interesting read, and kudos to Google for doing this type of research and sharing it with the web. I hope to see more of these in the future, it delights my inner markup geek.