[whatwg] HTML 5 Script Tag

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Thu Aug 6 16:56:14 PDT 2009

On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 6:52 PM, Aryeh Gregor<Simetrical+w3c at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 7:46 PM, Tab Atkins Jr.<jackalmage at gmail.com> wrote:
>> <script src> is the way it is.  It's inconsistent, but that's how
>> generations of browsers have worked.  Trying to change it in the way
>> you suggest not only doesn't work in legacy browsers, it *actively
>> breaks* pages in those browsers.  It is simply *not* something that
>> would work unless you did a complete reboot with a purposefully
>> incompatible language - that was tried with XHTML2, and that spec is
>> dead now.  We're simply going to have to live with the warts of
>> earlier HTML
> This logic says we shouldn't remove existing features that current
> websites depend on, but it doesn't prevent us from introducing new
> features to improve consistency in the long term.  Authors shouldn't
> use the features (e.g., src= on <style>) as long as there are some
> browsers that don't support them, of course, but eventually they
> should be usable.  It wouldn't really allow you to do anything you
> couldn't do already, but the same is true for plenty of HTML 5
> features.

I agree; I apologize for implying otherwise.


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