[whatwg] A few comments on the <keygen> tag

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Jun 12 18:11:28 PDT 2009

On Thu, 4 Jun 2009, Jonas Sicking wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 3:52 PM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> >
> > 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 existing browsers.
> We could possibly make it non-conforming though. I don't have a strong 
> opinion either way, on one hand I think we want to discourage its use 
> since it's a pretty crappy feature, on the other hand, I'm not sure that 
> the people that are using it have a choice, so making it non-conforming 
> without providing any alternatives isn't going make anyone stop using 
> it.

On Thu, 4 Jun 2009, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> I share your distaste for <keygen>. But I also agree that it's unhelpful 
> to make it nonconforming without providing an alternative. Maybe in 
> HTML6, if we develop a better solution in the meantime.

I've left it conforming for now. I don't think it'd make much difference 
in this case anyway (I don't see people rushing to use it, and the lack of 
spec support so far certainly hasn't stopped people).

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