[whatwg] Please consider adding "timeref" attribute to <del> and <ins> elements

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Aug 24 16:20:33 PDT 2010

On Thu, 29 Jul 2010, Tantek Ã~Gelik wrote:
> Summary: add a new timeref attribute (of type idref) to <del> and
> <ins> elements that can be used to reference the id of a local to
> document <time> element which is then used as the datetime value of
> when the deletion or insertion occurred.
> Advantages:
> 1. encourage more visible data (dates in visible content inside a
> <time> element rather than in invisible datetime attribute).
> 2. Better DRY (don't repeat yourself) by enabling sharing of a common
> <time> element for multiple del/ins edits that occurred at the same
> date/time.

It's not clear that this is especially compelling, especially given that 
so few user agents use datetime="" at all in the first place. Making it 
more complicated likely wouldn't help with that.

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