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Re: ISSUE-41/ACTION-97 decentralized-extensibility

From: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 07:19:25 -0500
Message-ID: <643cc0270910190519u774d428cmdb7963390e839359@mail.gmail.com>
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Cc: Adrian Bateman <adrianba@microsoft.com>, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Tony Ross <tross@microsoft.com>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 7:13 AM, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Oct 2009 14:03:33 +0200, Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>
>> Anne, but then don't we have the use of URIs with namespaces? The only
>> difference is we specify the URI in one place and make a small, easy
>> to use alias for use elsewhere. If anything forcing people to repeat
>> an entire URI with each class name...that could add up, quickly and
>> significantly.
>
> I wasn't aware that the concept of distributed extensibility or
> decentralized extensibility came with a particular syntax. I'm not convinced
> that authors will have trouble with long identifiers. I actually think
> identifiers with a level of indirection will be more difficult to handle.
>
>
>> And that doesn't account for the need to extend HTML with elements.
>> Class names could possibly work as attributes, but not as elements.
>> With namespaces we can create both elements and attributes. A superior
>> option.
>
> For the widgets scenario one could just use data-* attributes. Also, a lot
> of added complexity is not necessarily superior in my book.
>
>
> --
> Anne van Kesteren
> http://annevankesteren.nl/
>

But data-* are neither decentralized, nor particularly extensible. In
fact, we've determined in previous discussions that they're not meant
to be used for anything other than by an author for a single author's
needs.

Shelley
Received on Monday, 19 October 2009 12:19:58 UTC

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