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Re: Registering the about: URI scheme

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:48:46 +0100
To: "Lachlan Hunt" <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, "Joseph A Holsten" <joseph@josephholsten.com>
Cc: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.uoe4nkmn64w2qv@annevk-t60.oslo.opera.com>

On Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:26:18 +0100, Lachlan Hunt  
<lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au> wrote:
> The DOM is generated based on the content type, and for interoperability  
> reasons this needs to be defined as text/html;charset=UTF-8.  It should  
> go into the RFC, rather than HTML5, because ideally, all uses of  
> about:blank will be handled the same in all applications.

I agree that the about: RFC should just state that about:blank represents  
a text/html resource encoded as UTF-8, either stating it is the empty  
string document or giving a sequence of bytes similar to  
<html><head><title></title></head><body></body></html>. Come to think of  
it, such an explicit sequence might be needed as current implementations  
always have a <title> element there, no?

I do not think however that it needs to reference HTML5. There already is  
a text/html RFC and it seems much easier to go ahead without depending on  
HTML5 here. (Apart from perhaps making the security considerations more  
clear, but that section is non-normative so you could reference it from  
there in theory anyway.)

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Tuesday, 27 January 2009 13:49:35 UTC

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