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[whatwg] Attribute for holding private data for scripting

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:21:27 +0200
Message-ID: <op.tqmcl1l064w2qv@id-c0020>
On Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:15:15 +0200, Sam Ruby <rubys at intertwingly.net>  
wrote:
> Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>> On Wed, 11 Apr 2007 13:40:39 +0200, Sam Ruby <rubys at intertwingly.net>  
>> wrote:
>>>>>> To give a specific example: say I make my own "mjsml" prefix with  
>>>>>> namespace "http://example.org/mjsml". In HTML4 UAs, to look up an  
>>>>>> "mjsml:extension" attribute using getAttribute("mjsml:extension").  
>>>>>> In HTML5 UAs, I'd have to use  
>>>>>> getAttributeNS("http://example.org/mjsml", "extension"). And  
>>>>>> neither technique would work on both (at least as I understand your  
>>>>>> proposal).
>>
>>  By the way, the reason this is not consistent with XML is that it  
>> would be just as ok to use a different prefix. By basing this on the  
>> prefix (which is needed if you want this to be compatible with HTML,  
>> etc.) you're moving the semantics from the namespace to the prefix,  
>> which seems like a bad idea.
>
> For starters, you are misattributing the quote above.  I did not write  
> those words.

I knew Maciej wrote it but I think your name is up there as I wrote this  
in a reply to your e-mail which quoted Maciej or something... Anyway,  
that's besides the point here. (The amount of > should also indicate it's  
not you who wrote it, methinks.)


> As to your point -- and  you so colorfully put it on your weblog --  
> "Standards Suck".  And in this case, I will argue that the current HTML5  
> spec leads one to the conclusion that getAttribute("mjsml:extension")  
> will work, at least for the HTML serialization of HTML5.
>
> I did not write that quote.  I did not write -- or even contribute to --  
> that portion of the spec.





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Anne van Kesteren
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Received on Wednesday, 11 April 2007 05:21:27 UTC

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