semantic link

A semantic link defines what it means to transit a link, or what relationship the anchor and target URIs have. It is a form of typed link where the type is for humans to process, not for machines to.

By default, all web links have the behaviour "
"replace" - to click/transit a link means to replace the anchor with the target. A popup or new browser window does not replace but creates a new window for the display. All control verbs could be semantic links. So could process terms if for a process supported in software. Without such support, humans must interpret meaning. In HTML this is what REL and REV properties do.

A tag, list, index or category states that one URI is similar to another in some way - they are all described with the same tag, all on the same list or index, or all within the same category. All issues, policy terms, all tags especially open politics tags can be used to indicate similarity.

More complex semsntic link structures such as issue/position/argument or to support wiki meetings are a major study of openpolitics.ca itself, using some abstractions pioneered by Efficient Civics Guild. A semantic web called open politics web is evolving from this work. And eventually a more general sociosemantic web called Living Ontology Web.