[whatwg] <INCLUDE> and links with @rel=embed

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Apr 28 15:19:06 PDT 2011

On Thu, 28 Apr 2011, Bjartur Thorlacius wrote:
> On 4/28/11, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > On Sat, 11 Dec 2010, Bjartur Thorlacius wrote:
> >> >> An UA can support the scheme used without supporting the <source>
> >> >> element. If <A> was used, they just had to support <A> and the scheme.
> >> >
> >> > It's still not clear to me what problem this would solve. I see what it
> >> > would do, but why would we want that?
> >> >
> >> Backwards-compat. It's so UAs that don't support <source> can still
> >> grasp some semantical information from the element.
> >
> > Do you have a concrete example of how that would work? What current UAs
> > usefully grasp such information in such a context?
> All current UAs would understand the link (and most probably present it 
> to the user). Inline presentation is an optional luxury: the important 
> thing is getting the media across. I, for one, can't find any sign of 
> <source> support in wget, and a few other "non-mainstream" UAs.

Well for <video> fallback people are likely to use <a> as well, but I 
don't think it makes sense to force every <source> to be a link.

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