[whatwg] A few comments on the <keygen> tag
ian at hixie.ch
Wed Jun 3 15:52:42 PDT 2009
On Wed, 15 Apr 2009, Anders Rundgren wrote:
> Now to the really problematic stuff: <keygen> is not really an HTML
> tag, it is actually 2 phases of a 3-phase key provisioning protocol.
> I don't see why a protocol should be plugged into a page GUI. The
> alternatives all use APIs or specific plugins that indeed may be spawned
> from an HTML page but that's something completely different.
I agree, <keygen> seems like a poor design. That's one of the reasons I
didn't extend it in HTML5; we're just defining what it does in browsers so
that new browsers can implement it if they want to be compatible with the
On Wed, 15 Apr 2009, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> HTML5 is meant to specify every HTML feature that you need to implement
> a browser than can handle the real-world Web. At this point, anyone
> implementing a new browser engine would have to support <keygen>.
> However, none of this rules out the possibility of putting more advanced
> crypto functionality into browsers, either via HTML or a separate spec.
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