[whatwg] Questions about the keygen element specification

Mounir Lamouri mounir.lamouri at gmail.com
Thu Apr 15 08:04:23 PDT 2010

On 04/13/2010 04:37 PM, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Sun, 11 Apr 2010 16:06:06 +0200, Mounir Lamouri
> <mounir.lamouri at gmail.com> wrote:
>> First of all, the keytype attribute should specify which algorithm to
>> use but it can be in the 'unknown state' and "it is possible for a user
>> agent to not support any key types at all.". I do not understand why the
>> keygen element would be implemented with no supported keytype. It would
>> be really weird and confusing to have a keygen element with no keytype.
> This was done as a compromise to Microsoft. That the element is parsed
> consistently and exposes the correct API was considered to be the most
> important if I remember correctly. (More details can be found in the
> public-html at w3.org archives.)

For people interested, the thread is:

Actually, it looks like it is ending with the intervention of Alan
Dundas [1] which was interesting.
I'm wondering if points 5 and 6 could be added to the specs. In my
opinion, point 5 would be interesting (and trivial) and point 6 is a
matter of time, isn't it ?

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Sep/1025.html


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