[whatwg] HTML5 and URI Templates

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Mon Dec 17 06:07:38 PST 2007

Simon Pieters wrote:
> On Mon, 17 Dec 2007 12:16:17 +0100, Julian Reschke 
> <julian.reschke at gmx.de> wrote:
>> For the record: I totally disagree. It's not the job of the URI and 
>> IRI RFCs to describe how a user agent has to handle things that do not 
>> conform to the RFC3986/3987 syntax.
> Why not?
> The HTML4 WG had this position about HTML as well. This position is what 
> makes interoperability suffer, browser vendors having to spend lots of 
> resources reverse engineering each other, and the resulting de facto 
> error handling being suboptimal (hard to make extensions, for instance).

Because URIs are just a syntactical construct. If there are common 
requirements for *user agents* how to handle things that aren't URIs but 
should have been, specify them for these user agents. For instance, why 
should RDF or XMLNS care about what *browsers* do with broken identifiers?

BR, Julian

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