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Re: 4.13: URI decomposition - non-standard terminology

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 19:29:37 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Barclay, Daniel" <daniel@fgm.com>
Cc: public-html-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0807111927340.28237@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Fri, 11 Jul 2008, Barclay, Daniel wrote:
> Section 4.13, Interfaces for URI manipulation, uses non-standard 
> terminology for the components of a URI.
> For example, it uses the term "protocol"; RFC 3986 uses the term 
> "scheme."
> The HTML 5 specification should use the terminology defined by the 
> current standard for URIs.

This section is just specifying (for the first time) an API that has been 
implemented in browsers for a decade and a half at least. We couldn't 
possibly change the attribute names here, they are locked into the Web's 
legacy. Notice how only the attribute names use these old terms; all the 
actual prose and requirements use the right terminology (with the 
exception of refering to URLs as defined by HTML5 instead of URIs or IRIs, 
but that's another issue).

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