[whatwg] Proposal: <intent> tag for Web Intents API

Paul Kinlan paulkinlan at google.com
Fri Dec 16 11:35:22 PST 2011

There isn't always a href, if left out the value action should be
launched on the current page.

We didn't want to add additional attributes to the meta tag or link
tag just for intents, this seems to open up the flood gates for future
platform features to also extend the meta syntax, the meta element
then just becomes a dumping ground.  If the answer when defining a new
declarative standardized platform feature is to just arbitrarily add
new attributes to the meta data element we will get to a point where
either  we have attributes that are used in multiple contexts or use
of basic attribute name spacing such as "intent-".

Looking at the spec[1] it appears there would still be a relatively
large change to the html5 spec to accomodate these new attributes and
conditional parsing guidelines.

A new tag is simple, concise and encapsulates the features and
requirements of the new platform feature and gives us scope to iterate
for future versions without stepping on the toes of the other features
that might use the meta tag.

[1] http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#the-meta-elemen


On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 9:54 AM, Anne van Kesteren <annevk at opera.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Dec 2011 23:05:37 +0100, Greg Billock <gbillock at google.com> wrote:
>> The big ergonomic sticking point there is probably the |href|
>> attribute, which we envision
>> being able to do same-origin registration. Perhaps a similar <link
>> rel="intent"> tag
>> modification would be able to do that, though. Is that what you'd
>> suggest? Do you think
>> having two tags involved would be confusing?
> If there's always an href attribute you could just go for <link> instead. I think you should go for one element and just add attributes as required. And if we want to put inside <head> that would be either <meta> or <link>.
> --
> Anne van Kesteren
> http://annevankesteren.nl/

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