[whatwg] hash Attribute

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Nov 9 17:04:49 PST 2006

On Thu, 9 Nov 2006, Gervase Markham wrote:

> Ian Hickson wrote:
> > If the idea is that UAs that implement this would stop you from using the
> > file if the checksum didn't match, then this would just cause users to use
> > browsers _without_ this feature to download files, since those browsers
> > wouldn't complain about data corruption. "It works when I use IE to download
> > the file but when I use Camari, it says 'checksum error'."
> Hopefully, it would instead say:
> "The file you have downloaded has been corrupted or tampered with."

"It works when I use IE but when I use Camari, it says that the file has
been corrupted." "Oh man, I'm not using Camari then! I don't need my music 
to get corrupted!"

> [Delete File] [Keep Unsafe File]

"Keep Unsafe File" would make the feature as useless as SSL certificates 
are today.

> It might even just delete it without asking you. After all, you haven't 
> actually got the file you wanted - or that the person linking wanted you 
> to have. If they didn't want this behaviour, they wouldn't have used a 
> URL with a hash.

Exactly. But then you're back to the "it works in the older browser" 

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