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Re: Add Subject Here - meta tags

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2011 16:38:04 +0300
Message-ID: <4DFDFBBC.8080802@cs.tut.fi>
To: www-validator@w3.org
2011-06-16 13:59, Henri Sivonen wrote:

> On Thu, 2011-06-16 at 08:27 +0300, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
>> That's because HTML5 defines a specific list of allowed values. The list
>> is extensible, using the procedures described at
>> http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/semantics.html#other-metadata-names
>> (but I wouldn't bother).
>
> You wouldn't bother to register the particular keywords mentioned in
> this thread or you wouldn't bother registering anything at all? Why?

I wouldn’t bother registering anything at all. The mechanism is too open 
to create chaos. Either everyone and his brother can register virtually 
anything there, and then it won’t be taken seriously (you can’t count on 
search engines and other relevant software to treat the metadata names 
as even close to anything standard-like), or some people will filter out 
what they don’t like, and then it doesn’t solve the validation problems 
except by accident.

There have been many failing efforts to standardize metadata names.
I expect this one to fail, too, as the procedures appear to be broken by 
design. But if registering some names helps to avoid the HTML5 linter’s 
(or ”HTML5 validator’s”) error messages, maybe it’s of some help to some 
people. There’s of course no guarantee that the registration won’t get 
nullified overnight.

-- 
Yucca, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
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