[whatwg] keygen element

Anne van Kesteren fora at annevankesteren.nl
Sun Nov 27 05:40:28 PST 2005

Quoting Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch>:
>>> <keygen> in general is not specified at all in WHATWG at the moment. I
>>> would be open to adding it but I have so far utterly failed to work out
>>> what it is supposed to do. If you'd like it in the specs, please send a
>>> detailed spec for it (including error handling) and if it is a good spec
>>> then I'll look into adding it at some point.
>> I was sent a pointer to some older Netscape documentation:
>> http://wp.netscape.com/eng/security/comm4-keygen.html
> Yeah, that's all I could find as well. It isn't detailed enough.

It seems to a bit of a hack. Mozilla does not represent it as a 
"keygen" element
in the DOM for example, but as a select element with a _moz-type attribute set
to -mozilla-keygen. (With the attributes propagated.)

Opera does seem to have some kind of "native implementation".

* Wonders who actually uses this...

Anne van Kesteren

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