[whatwg] Proposal: Change HTML spec to allow any arbitrary value for the <meta> "name" attribute

Robin Berjon robin at w3.org
Tue Jun 4 03:33:07 PDT 2013

On 04/06/2013 12:24 , Simon Pieters wrote:
> On Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:03:58 +0200, Robin Berjon <robin at w3.org> wrote:
>> I've seen quite a few. One recent example is bug-assist.js — a script
>> that makes it easy for readers of a document to file bugs about it —
>> that looks for all metadata names that start with "bug." and uses the
>> remainder of the name as parameters to a Bugzilla bug entry.
> https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=21916

Yes, I'm well aware. I even have a patch for that bug. It was just the 
first example that came to mind; meta is often the first thing that 
developers reach for. If the validation errors on metadata names served 
a clearly useful purpose I'd suggest waiting it out until using data-* 
becomes more of a reflex, but that doesn't seem to be the case so the 
pain inflicted in the meantime doesn't appear to be useful.

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon

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