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Re: [whatwg] checksum attribute in a href tag

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:57:58 +0200
Message-ID: <CADnb78gLnfm33Z6dfBzoqxLsA7LfO1hTwJtKRseucQkTFQQ3kA@mail.gmail.com>
To: "A. Rauschenbach" <rauschenbach@annuo.de>
Cc: whatwg@whatwg.org
On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 1:50 PM, A. Rauschenbach <rauschenbach@annuo.de> wrote:
> I'm sick of coping the checksum of important files by hand or QR-code to the
> download manager or console.
> To solve the problem I suggest a checksum attribute in the <a href> tag.
> example: <a href="http://example.com/important.file"
> checksum="MD5:32c3675211199b671fbca1304d819289;SHA1:6e1ddeede3979c953788a3499616af35ee5fd772">download</a>
> Another advantage is that your visitors (browser) can verify that the
> document (e.g. a pdf) you linked to is still the same.

If you serve important files over HTTP without TLS I don't think a
checksum is going to help anyone much.

We did have something similar to this, but it got dropped:

Received on Friday, 19 October 2012 12:00:57 UTC

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