[whatwg] URN or protocol attribute

Brett Zamir brettz9 at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 10 18:44:07 PST 2010

On 3/11/2010 10:31 AM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> 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:
>     http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/FAQ#Is_there_a_process_for_adding_new_features_to_a_specification.3F

Ok, fair enough. I think I'll try that as a browser extension, as well 
as possibly the other idea of a shared database API which I think has 
the potential to become an even more powerful feature (e.g., a local 
calendar to which any site could offer to add events and be viewed on 
the web or in a browser extension)... But there still may be some things 
(like an official auxiliary world language!) which can only show their 
real benefits (and potential demand) when implemented across the board...


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