[whatwg] Attribute for holding private data for scripting

Michael A. Puls II shadow2531 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 01:42:58 PDT 2007

On 4/12/07, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:
> On Apr 12, 2007, at 01:45, Michael A. Puls II wrote:
> > On 4/11/07, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:
> >> I was thinking of
> >> establishing an attribute such as "script-private" where authors
> >> would be free to stick anything for retrieval by scripts.
> >
> > What would happen with <embed script-private="something">? Would the
> > data be passed to the plug-in as a script-private param or would
> > script-private be reserved; causing any plug-in using script-param not
> > to get the data? (A prefix could possible avoid this.)
> In old browsers at least, the script-private="something" would be
> passed to the plug-in. Is it a problem?

Potentially. If the plug-in requires a script-private param for
something, that'd mean you might  not be able to use script-private on
the embed element for what you want. In that case, you would use a
different attribute name that doesn't conflict, which is O.K. because
you can use use some odd attribute on embed and still validate.

It's not a big concern, but IF there's a way to avoid that potential
conflict, it'd be cool.


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