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[Bug 14363] Update the registration mechanisms

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Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2011 23:12:44 +0000
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--- Comment #6 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2011-10-06 23:12:42 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #4)
> There are a couple of problems with what it says currently:
> (a) There is no way defined to parse the list of acceptable names from the
> Wiki.

I wouldn't expect any software to literally crawl the wiki. You'd do it
manually, or have a custom script to do it.

> (b) Anyone anywhere could, at any time, blank the wiki page and hey presto a
> very large percentage of all HTML 5 documents in the world are suddenly
> invalid.

*shrug*. Vandalism happens. It is trivially reverted. This is not an issue.

Someone could crack into the HTML spec's Web server and changed the required
DOCTYPE to <!DOCTYPE LADYGAGA> but that wouldn't make all the pages invalid.
What matters is what people think matters.

Heck, I could change the spec tomorrow to say all documents are invalid. That
wouldn't mean that all documents were invalid, it would just mean the spec was

> (c) It makes the W3C HTML standard dependent on an anonymous third-party
> website.


> I suggest that the list should be hosted on the w3c.org site, and should be in
> a computer-readable format.

The W3C hasn't fared well with having computer-readable data in the past. (DTDs
have caused the W3C to essentially DDOS itself by having lots of badly authored
software read it continuously.)

Anyway, the whole registration mechanism really needs updating in general. Just
need to work out what the right solution is first.

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