[whatwg] Attribute for holding private data for scripting
rubys at intertwingly.net
Wed Apr 11 05:15:15 PDT 2007
Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Wed, 11 Apr 2007 13:40:39 +0200, Sam Ruby <rubys at intertwingly.net>
>>>>> 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
> 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
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.
- Sam Ruby
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