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Re: Extensibility strategies, was: Deciding in public (Was: SVGWG SVG-in-HTML proposal)

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 20:32:26 +0300
Cc: Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>, "'Ian Hickson'" <ian@hixie.ch>, "'Sam Ruby'" <rubys@us.ibm.com>, "'HTML WG'" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <8591417E-D908-4196-A3AD-928B37E62B47@iki.fi>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>

On Aug 4, 2008, at 20:25, Julian Reschke wrote:

> Henri Sivonen wrote:
>> On Aug 2, 2008, at 09:53, Justin James wrote:
>>>>> If you wanted to disambiguate your "price" from other people's,  
>>>>> you could
>>>>> use a URI instead:
>>>>>  <p>The peas cost <span class="http://ns.intertwingly.net/price"> 
>>>>> $7.99</span>.</p>
>>>>> ...
>>>> Hey, that's an interesting proposal. I haven't seen that before.
>>> Would using an URI trigger any other behavior, like downloading  
>>> something from that URI and taking action upon it? Not saying it  
>>> *should*, just curious if the proposal does that or not.
>> The very fact that URI-based extensibility inspires that question  
>> is a problem with URI-based extensibility.
> Justin later stated that he was just looking for confirmation that  
> no lookups are intended.
> I agree that sometimes people get this wrong, and that's why it's a  
> good idea to clearly state what the intended behavior is.

That's like putting a sign saying "Push" on the door of a department  
store instead of replacing the handle with a slab that obviously can  
only be pushed.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Monday, 4 August 2008 17:33:10 UTC

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