[whatwg] microdata questions

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Apr 1 12:01:46 PDT 2014

On Mon, 10 Feb 2014, Eric Devine wrote:
> 1. Section 5.5.1 of the Microdata spec prescribes how microdata should 
> be respresented as JSON, but it does provide a MIME type. I'm writing a 
> REST API that I would like to be able to return JSON in microdata 
> format, but I need the client to explicitly request this via the HTTP 
> Accept header. The main concern is to know when to return plain 
> properties as an array with one element.

As a general rule I would recommend against using Accept headers to do 
anything. You're better off making the JSON data its own resource, IMHO.

Having said that, as you noted in a later e-mail, the MIME type suggested 
by the HTML spec is "application/microdata+json".


> 2. Section 5.2.4 does not provide a way to apply a property value to the 
> value attribute of an <option> element. Is this an oversight, or is 
> there simply not a convincing enough use case for the need?

There's not any way currently to make for controls map to microdata. It's 
not clear exactly what it would mean.

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