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[Bug 13921] New: Hi, Section: Other metadata names We're using meta-tags on a public XHTML 1.1-compliant governmental site to expose site-specific meta-information per page to a search-engine crawler that we're using (a commercial product). We're in the process of moving

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Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:01:19 +0000
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-13921-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13921

           Summary: Hi, Section: Other metadata names We're using
                    meta-tags on a public XHTML 1.1-compliant governmental
                    site to expose site-specific meta-information per page
                    to a search-engine crawler that we're using (a
                    commercial product). We're in the process of moving
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#top
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: contributor@whatwg.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Specification: http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html
Multipage: http://www.whatwg.org/C#top
Complete: http://www.whatwg.org/c#top

Comment:
Hi,

Section: Other metadata names

We're using meta-tags on a public XHTML 1.1-compliant governmental site to
expose site-specific meta-information per page to a search-engine crawler that
we're using (a commercial product).

We're in the process of moving to HTML5, and these meta-tags causes the site
to not validate, even though everything else is pure, simple and semantic.

I therefore propose that meta-tag names that are not in the wiki[1] are
flagged as warnings instead of errors by conformance checkers, since the
current spec probably will slow down the speed of HTML5 adoption for a lot of
sites, and it also seems "wrong" to limit the generic usefulness of the
meta-tag and also break compatibility with HTML 4.01 for no good reason.


best regards
Eirik Mikkelsen
eim@brreg.no

[1] http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/MetaExtensions

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