[whatwg] Inconsistent behavior for empty-string URLs

Nicholas Zakas nzakas at yahoo-inc.com
Tue Jan 12 11:48:12 PST 2010

Hi guys,

Sorry to pester, but I want to make sure this comes to resolution before
it's forgotten. Any other feedback?

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jonas Sicking [mailto:jonas at sicking.cc] 
Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 1:09 PM
To: Nicholas Zakas
Cc: Simon Pieters; Maciej Stachowiak; whatwg at lists.whatwg.org; Aryeh
Subject: Re: [whatwg] Inconsistent behavior for empty-string URLs

On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM, Nicholas Zakas <nzakas at yahoo-inc.com>
> I'm going to take a lack of response to this question as a "no". :)
> Given the disparate browser implementations for dealing with empty
> string URLs, it seems unlikely that anyone is relying upon the current
> behaviors, so I'd like to suggest this change be added to HTML5:
> For any <img>, <link>, <script>, <iframe>, <audio>, <video>, <audio>,
> <object>, <embed>, <input>, <html manifest>, or <frame> tag that will
> result in an automatic download of an external resource must ignore
> empty string URL and not download the external resource. This is true
> even when a <base href> is applied to the page.
> Does that sound right?

Sounds good to me.

/ Jonas

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