[whatwg] HTML as a text format: Should <title> be optional?
Brian.P.Campbell at dartmouth.edu
Thu Oct 8 14:44:57 PDT 2009
On Oct 5, 2009, at 10:40 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
>> For example, see Google Gadgets
>> <http://www.google.com/webmasters/gadgets/>, or iframe sandboxes used
>> for isolating untrusted content while still being inline in the page.
> Yes, if we add doc="" support to <iframe> maybe that would make this
> common enough that we should reconsider.
I had to look up what doc="" meant, so for the edification of others,
the proposal is here:
>> So, my recommendation is that <title> be made optional; perhaps a
>> validator could issue a warning if you leave it off, but there are
>> perfectly valid cases of wanting to produce an HTML document that
>> doesn't have any sort of meaningful title or for which a title will
>> never be seen or used, it doesn't seem likely that people will
>> forget it
>> in cases in which it's useful,
> I think this is something we should revisit in a future version. I'm
> convinced we're at a stage yet where there are enough non-standalone
> pages that it makes sense to not require <title> for any pages.
> something this fundamental can have social repurcussions in the
> that aren't obvious (e.g. old timers saying we're ruining HTML4),
> and I
> feel that we've done enough of that already with HTML5 without
> this also, frankly.
Fair enough. I can definitely see the value in that argument.
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