[whatwg] Attribute for holding private data for scripting
ryan at theryanking.com
Wed Apr 11 00:01:41 PDT 2007
On Apr 9, 2007, at 10:27 AM, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> On Apr 8, 2007, at 11:12 AM, Henri Sivonen wrote:
>> At http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2007/04/html_5.html PPK
>> suggests having an attribute for storing private data for scripts.
>> Currently, one can invent an attribute and it will work for
>> scripts. However, it will look ugly for conformance checking.
>> Since this is essentially a conformance definition issue as
>> browsers would not be required to implement anything new (assuming
>> a new reflecting attribute on HTMLElement is deemed unnecessary),
>> adding an attribute for script-private data would be rather easy.
>> I think it would be worthwhile to add an attribute for script-
>> private data to common attributes, so that scripters who need one
>> and want to be conforming don't need to abuse e.g. title.
> The class attribute can already be used for script-private data. I
> think the time script authors go for made-up attributes is when
> they need a set of key-value pairs. Class is not so great for that,
> but I'm not sure any new attribute would be either, unless it
> provided some sort of built-in key-value parsing.
If you want structured data in this attribute, why not just use JSON?
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