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

Tantek Çelik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Thu Jul 29 18:17:46 PDT 2010

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.

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

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