[whatwg] URN or protocol attribute

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Mar 10 18:31:13 PST 2010

On Thu, 11 Mar 2010, Brett Zamir wrote:
> >
> > Is there really a need for a more dedicated mechanism? It's not clear 
> > that there is much pent-up demand for this.
> There wasn't a lot of pent up demand for the web itself either ("why 
> would people or companies want to link to other people's sites?"); if 
> people aren't able to use a feature or know of the concept, they might 
> not think of asking for it.

That's true, but we only have so many resources, so we have to prioritise. 
Things that have pent-up demand are typically more important. :-)

I would recommend following a pattern somewhat like the Web's initial 
development: create a proof of concept, and convince people that it's what 
they want. That's the best way to get a feature adopted. This is described 
in more detail in the FAQ:


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