[whatwg] Applications and document titles

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri May 13 12:47:01 PDT 2011

On Sun, 13 Feb 2011, Bjartur Thorlacius wrote:
> <meta name=application-name> is, AISI, a synonym for <meta name=title> 
> and <title> that hasn't yet been exploited. I know there are some sites 
> who put event notifications and state information into <title>, but I've 
> only seen that done dynamically. State information is only ever present 
> in the HTML document itself if the sole purpose of the document is to 
> convey said information. <meta name=description> would arguably be more 
> appropriate, but nitpicks aside <meta name=application-name> would in 
> all cases be be equal to, or a less verbose equivalent of <title>. Thus 
> I infer that UAs could use the original value of <title> (or <meta 
> name=title>), as opposed to the current one in the DOM, whenever they 
> would otherwise use <meta name=application-name>.

On Sun, 13 Feb 2011, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> The initial application page might be e.g. "Inbox - Fancy Pants Mail" 
> but the application name would still be "Fancy Pants Mail". It's useful 
> for these to be separate fields. I don't think <meta name=title> is 
> valid by the way.


On Mon, 14 Feb 2011, Bjartur Thorlacius wrote:
> If that's the case, then why can't this be used for brand names in 
> general? It's not hard to imagine a collection of documents, that's not 
> defined as an "application", to share brand for marketing reasons. Why 
> make the distinction between "applications" and other documents?

There's no distinction, it's all one big continuum. We name things 
typically based on what the main use case was for, but there's nothing to 
stop you from using it for other things. For example, the "Application 
Cache" feature is used on developers.whatwg.org, which is more "document" 
than "application".

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