Re: ISSUE-41/ACTION-97 decentralized-extensibility

On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 7:13 AM, Anne van Kesteren <> wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Oct 2009 14:03:33 +0200, Shelley Powers <>
> wrote:
>> Anne, but then don't we have the use of URIs with namespaces? The only
>> difference is we specify the URI in one place and make a small, easy
>> to use alias for use elsewhere. If anything forcing people to repeat
>> an entire URI with each class name...that could add up, quickly and
>> significantly.
> I wasn't aware that the concept of distributed extensibility or
> decentralized extensibility came with a particular syntax. I'm not convinced
> that authors will have trouble with long identifiers. I actually think
> identifiers with a level of indirection will be more difficult to handle.
>> And that doesn't account for the need to extend HTML with elements.
>> Class names could possibly work as attributes, but not as elements.
>> With namespaces we can create both elements and attributes. A superior
>> option.
> For the widgets scenario one could just use data-* attributes. Also, a lot
> of added complexity is not necessarily superior in my book.
> --
> Anne van Kesteren

But data-* are neither decentralized, nor particularly extensible. In
fact, we've determined in previous discussions that they're not meant
to be used for anything other than by an author for a single author's


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