[whatwg] Web Addresses vs Legacy Extended IRI

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Mon Apr 27 22:18:24 PDT 2009

On Mon, 23 Mar 2009, Julian Reschke wrote:
> Ian Hickson wrote:
> >
> > Note that the Web addresses draft isn't specific to HTML5. It is 
> > intended to apply to any user agent that interacts with Web content, 
> > not just Web browsers and HTML. (That's why we took it out of HTML5.) 
> Be careful; depending on what you call "Web content". For instance, I 
> would consider the Atom feed content (RFC4287) as "Web content", but 
> Atom really uses IRIs, and doesn't need workarounds for broken IRIs in 
> content (as far as I can tell).

There are implementations of Atom that treat the URLs therein just like 
those in HTML content. I haven't studied existing content to see if this 
is required for compatibility, though. I wouldn't be surprised if it was, 
since much Atom content is just generated based on content that is 
primarily intended for HTML generation.

> Don't leak out workarounds into areas where they aren't needed.

I'd much rather we just had one set of interpretations of URLs, defined in 
one place, than the four or more we have now.

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