In blog or blog-like sites, taxonomy is often used for tags and categories.
In Drupal 6, node.tpl.php files could use the $taxonomy variable if they needed access to an array of unrendered taxonomy links associated with the current node. This variable was often assumed by contrib themes to contain the post tags and\or categories, and it was rendered accordingly.
In Drupal 7, $taxonomy is no longer available.
What's the alternative? How should themers handle taxonomy? In particular, how should contrib themes do it, in order to maximally preserve visual compatibility with the 6.x version?
BTW, the bit about that in the "converting themes to Drupal 7" guide is probably incorrect.