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Re: Registering the about: URI scheme

From: Joseph A Holsten <joseph@josephholsten.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 08:26:10 -0600
Message-Id: <F59C3EDA-2B7E-4EB8-BC7B-01D8D7D416CC@josephholsten.com>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
To: James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>

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James Graham wrote:

> The text
>
> "If the application may use a document of MIME type 'text/html' and  
> character encoding 'UTF-8', about:blank SHOULD be represented with  
> an empty document.  Other representations are not defined."
>
> is confusing. Specifically the use of "may" in the first sentence  
> seems wrong (in the English grammar sense). It seems like the  
> actual requirement is that HTML 5 UAs must represent about:blank as  
> an empty (or close-to-empty) document (this seems like it is a must  
> since it is required for web-compat.). Note that there seem to be a  
> bunch of magic things about scripting about:blank documents (I'm  
> not sure of the details); I don't know if the plan is to spec these  
> here or defer to HTML 5 (the latter seems more sensible to me). If  
> it is indeed the latter, I guess a reference to HTML 5 is needed here.
>
I'm satisfied with either. I'm not entirely clear on the HTML 5 magic  
regarding about:blank. I don't this should discuss application layer  
information like the DOM, but presentation level info like the  
document contents seems fine. And, uh, should I say HTML5? What about  
HTML6, &c?

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