[whatwg] The <keygen> element

Jonas Sicking jonas at sicking.cc
Fri Apr 17 14:16:35 PDT 2009

On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 9:22 PM, Anders Rundgren
<anders.rundgren at telia.com> wrote:
> "Nelson B Bolyard" wrote [to the WHATWG list]:
> Based on WHATWG comments, this it is not really about standardization
> but about documenting the current practice for key generation in the HTML
> layer without comparing this to other ways of achieving the similar goals
> including generateCRMFRequest.  JavaScript is thus outside of the
> scope AFAICT.

The <keygen> discussion is not about creating a new standard, that is
correct. It is about standardizing current practices that are required
by *todays* browsers in order to be compatible with the web and thus
considered by users.

As for coming up with a new, better standard for accomplishing what
keygen was originally envisioned to do, way back when, I think this
would be a great idea.

Nothing is out of scope for such a new standard. However the
apropriate standards organization and working group should be used. So
for example if the new solution is a pure javascript API, then either
the webapps wg in w3c, or some security related standards org seems
more apropriate than whatwg.

If on the other hand a new HTML element is proposed, then this list
seems like a fine place for such a discussion.

Hope that makes sense?

/ Jonas

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