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Re: Null change proposal for ISSUE-88 (mark II)

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2010 22:38:12 +0000 (UTC)
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, Kornel Lesinski <kornel@geekhood.net>, public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1004032226460.2348@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Sat, 3 Apr 2010, Julian Reschke wrote:
> On 04.04.2010 00:34, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> > On Sat, 03 Apr 2010 02:00:32 -0700, Julian Reschke
> > <julian.reschke@gmx.de> wrote:
> > > The attribute is an HTML attribute, but it's value space is defined by
> > > the HTTP header registry.
> > > 
> > > Changing this in general *will* cause objections (yes, those).
> > 
> > Please stop the drama. In the ten years it was deployed it was never
> > implemented as HTML4 specified. No wonder its semantics are being
> > changed to match reality.
> 
> I was just stating a fact.
> 
> The fact that browsers do not implement this doesn't mean it isn't used 
> in documents.

Browsers _do_ implement it, contrary to HTML4, which intends it for 
servers, who don't implement it. You may wish to recheck your facts.

http-equiv isn't anything to do with HTTP in practice. HTML5 just makes 
that clear. Ideally we'd drop the whole attribute, but unfortunately there 
are some pragmas that are needed for backwards-compatibility. I agree that 
some people will object (indeed, you have already objected). What matters 
isn't whether anyone agrees, what matters is that we make the right 
technical decisions that are compatible with reality.

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