[whatwg] namespaces in html5
ian at hixie.ch
Fri Jan 20 14:09:00 PST 2012
On Fri, 20 Jan 2012, David Karger wrote:
> However, in our use case, it is in a sense "coincidence" that our tags
> are being examined by a script. The _purpose_ of our tags is to provide
> the same kind of semantic structuring as <img> or <author> or <navbar>
> tags: specifying that certain elements, such as a map or a facet, should
> appear on the page. It is conceivable that there might be several
> different scripts, and perhaps some native extensions, that are all able
> to interpret these tags and do something useful with them on the page.
Ah, ok. What you're doing then is simply creating a new language. Write a
spec, and within your community that spec will define what is valid.
> > Just use the format data-exhibit-foo="".
> Yes, and what happens when someone else decides that exhibit is a neat
> name and they want to use it too? This is the biggest problem I see.
That's an academic problem. It doesn't happen often enough in practice to
> I agree that they technically solve the first three, although I'm
> skeptical that was the original intent (if the data- prefix just means
> "anything we want to add outside the html spec" then why not just allow
> any tag, without a prefix, which accomplishes the same thing?).
Because then it would limit the space within which the language itself can
be extended in the future.
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