[whatwg] RDFa statement consistency
giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl
Fri Aug 29 13:35:26 PDT 2008
WHATWG cannot purge existing ignored elements and properties but it can try
avoiding adding new ones.
Besides, I wonder if the promoter of the DFN element make it clear that he
expected it to be ignored by the browser, as is the case with RDFa.
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[mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Toby A Inkster
Sent: Friday, August 29, 2008 10:28 PM
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Subject: Re: [whatwg] RDFa statement consistency
Kristof Zelechovski wrote:
> The goal of the specification is to provide a set of rules that
> user agents must obey out of the box, without any extensions.
> Features that
> are supposed to be ignored do not make good candidates for
> including in the
> specification, except as extensions to HTML that are explicitly
The HTML 5 spec already includes the many features which browsers
currently (mostly) ignore - the <meta> tag, the "type" attribute on
most links and so on. The fact that HTML includes a <dfn> element
doesn't mean that every browser has to have a built in dictionary for
storing all the definitions people collect on the web, but the
element is there for those people who want to use it. Browsers
*could* do something useful with <dfn> if they liked, but none so far
seem to have done so.
Toby A Inkster
<mailto:mail at tobyinkster.co.uk>
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