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

Adam Barth w3c at adambarth.com
Fri Dec 16 13:44:48 PST 2011

On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 11:35 AM, Paul Kinlan <paulkinlan at google.com> wrote:
> 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.

Does that mean you're not interested in declaring this information in
the <head> ?


> [1] http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#the-meta-elemen
> P
> 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>.
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>> Anne van Kesteren
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