[whatwg] a rel=attachment

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Sat Jul 16 03:46:39 PDT 2011

On 16 July 2011 02:20, Peter Kasting <pkasting at google.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 5:38 PM, Tantek Çelik <tantek at cs.stanford.edu>wrote:
>> * existing rel="enclosure" spec - download the link when clicked/activated.

> I object to rel="enclosure" purely on naming grounds.  It is completely
> unintuitive.  I don't find the fact that a spec exists for it a compelling
> reason to use it.  (Specs exist for lots of things, many of them bad.)

The above bullet-point is also at odds with:


in which it was claimed in August 2008 that rel="enclosure" is also
for streaming media:

    "... that hyperlink is intended to be downloaded (and/or streamed) and
     cached (and/or buffered)"

That said, it appears that the definition of rel="enclosure" at:


was never updated to account for that, and this hAudio still has the issue:


which the August 2008 statement was suposedly intended to rectify.

Andy Mabbett

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