I am trying to get the categories associated with a post in it's meta section by using the following code:

<div>FILED AS: <span class="gf-post-meta-result"><?php the_category(' &bull; ') 

WordPress is generating the markup as:

<div>FILED AS: <span class="gf-post-meta-result">
    <a href="http://localhost/test/category/uncategorized/" title="View all posts in Uncategorized" rel="category tag">Uncategorized</a>

This part rel="category tag" is making my code invalid. W3C validator throws an error saying:

Bad value category tag for attribute rel on element a: The string category is not a registered keyword or absolute URL. Whitespace in path component. Use %20 in place of spaces.

…w all posts in Uncategorized" rel="category tag">Uncategorized

Any idea how to rectify this?


1 Answer 1


Filter the_category, and remove those attributes:

add_filter( 'the_category', 't5_remove_cat_rel' );

function t5_remove_cat_rel( $list )
    return str_replace(
        array ( 'rel="category tag"', 'rel="category"' ), '', $list
  • any side effect of removing "rel"?
    – Tara
    Commented Jan 1, 2013 at 23:07
  • @t-p Yes, cleaner markup, better text-to-code-ratio. :)
    – fuxia
    Commented Jan 1, 2013 at 23:13
  • I actually wrote a tutorial featuring similar code over a year ago. That tutorial can be found on my blog. Commented Jan 2, 2013 at 4:29

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