[whatwg] XML data islands related question

Mat Carey mat at matcarey.co.uk
Thu Feb 7 06:58:48 PST 2013

I've been thinking about this too...

> We wanted to request they could be supported as an addon/plugin into the
browser if not incorporated into the browser by default

I came to the conclusion that if I care enough I should write a browser
plugin having reverse engineered the data island spec which would allow
people with my plugin to use these sites, then bring this to WHATWG to
suggest wider adoption.

I'm not particularly active on WHATWG but the general approach seems to be
that if you have a good idea you should go and create it, show that it
works and then bring it to WHATWG for a wider adoption.

My advice would be to have a look and see if anyone's already started a
project to reverse engineer this, if they have join it, if they haven't
start it.

I decided previously that I don't care enough to do this work myself, if
there's someone else working towards this I might be willing to help in an
open source project and I'm sure there's others who would do the same.

I could be wrong - if I am I'm sure someone will correct me.

Mat Carey

On Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM, Neerja Anand <neerja at kynex.com> wrote:

> Hello - it appears that XML data islands (originally created by Microsoft)
> have been discontinued in the newer browsers. We wanted to request they
> could be supported as an addon/plugin into the browser if not incorporated
> into the browser by default. We understand that this was a Microsoft only
> feature but they are extremely helpful to our business and their
> discontinuation would highly affect our business. Our request is to make
> them as an HTML5 standard, so all browsers would then have to support this
> feature. This would make the life of us developers much easier. We are not
> asking for Microsoft's version of XML data islands specifically, but would
> want this feature as a standard in some version. We noticed there is
> something new called Data Block which may be similar to XML data islands,
> but couldn't find much information on it to proceed. If you know of Data
> Blocks being an alternative to XML data islands, then if you could provide
> some documentation or point us to the location where we can get more
> information (with examples on how to use them) that would be very helpful
> as
> well.
> Any feedback on this would be appreciated.
> Thanks very much in advance!
> Neerja Anand
> neerja at kynex.com

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mat at matcarey.co.uk

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