[whatwg] Context help in Web Forms

Anne van Kesteren annevk at opera.com
Tue Jun 3 15:00:54 PDT 2008

On Tue, 03 Jun 2008 20:51:39 +0200, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:
> I don't like the idea of trying to encode the datatypes of data-*  
> attributes in a validator-sensitive way. What datatypes would a  
> validator support for data-* attributes? The HTML5 datatype library used  
> by Validator.nu already contains 41 datatypes, but people will likely  
> want to have others. The whole point of data-* is to provide a place  
> where a validator doesn't go without authors having to abuse e.g. title  
> which is a freeform but exposed to humans.

I agree.

> The foreseeable problem with data-* is, of course, that microformat-like  
> activity will happen there instead of going through the trouble of  
> getting unprefixed validator-sensitive attributes minted with community  
> review in the WHATWG and the HTML WG.

That'd be wrong as data-* does not allow implementation by UAs... Having  
said that, if we don't make it clear what the idea is that might end up  
happening in practice here and there.

Anne van Kesteren

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