Lack of interest Navigational Links In Atom Feed


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Looking at the raw XML received as Atom feed of any forum we can see the following link tag with rel attribute set to self.

<atom:link rel="self" type="application/rss+xml" href=""/>
It would be nice if we can get the navigational/pagination links as well. GData (Blogger and other Google products) have rel property set to "first" and "last" and if applicable,"next" and/or "previous" as well. This makes machine readability and content discovery lot more easier. I am aware that appending "?page=X" in the standard Atom URI works as expected but machines can follow a link but virtually can't guess a link.