Re: [apps-discuss] Last Call for HTML5 in the W3C

Mykyta Yevstifeyev <> Sat, 18 June 2011 04:44 UTC

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Subject: Re: [apps-discuss] Last Call for HTML5 in the W3C
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I see the proposed HTML5 specification has the following text (Section 

> This specification defines the URL |about:legacy-compat| as a 
> reserved, though unresolvable, |about:| URI, for use in DOCTYPE 
> <>s in HTML 
> documents <> 
> when needed for compatibility with XML tools. [ABOUT] 
> <>
> This specification defines the URL |about:srcdoc| as a reserved, 
> though unresolvable, |about:| URI, that is used as the document's 
> address 
> <> of 
> |iframe| |srcdoc| documents 
> <>. [ABOUT] 
> <>
Moreover, the [ABOUT] references the well-known 
draft-holsten-about-uri-scheme which we have had a lot of discussions 
on.  Considering that there isn't a strong decision on this draft, I'd 
recommend W3C not to include this text in the proposed document.  
Mentioning that "about:legacy-compat" is to be used for a specific 
purpose in Section 8.1.1 (the same is with "about:srcdoc") seems fine to me.

Probably the same is with 'javascript' URIs (Section 6.1.5).  It 
references [JSURL], the draft-hoehrmann-javascript-scheme, which is now 
expired.  It includes-by-reference the source code retrieval operation 
for these URIs 
I propose not to include it by reference but rather describe in the 
specification itself.  The algorithm contains only 4 steps so it 
shouldn't be a problem.

An editorial comment.  I see the document using such terms as "mailto: 
URL", "data: URL", "javascript: URL" etc.  An example is (Section 2.1.1):

> The term |data:| URL refers to URLs 
> <> that use the |data:| 
> scheme.
Considering the string before "URL" identifies the scheme, I'd recommend 
not to include ":" (colon) their, since this character isn't a part of 
the scheme name (but rather a delimiter).  Having "scheme URL" or " 
'scheme' URL " (I personally prefer the last) is OK.

With regard to references.  The [MAILTO] references the document which 
was obsoleted by RFC 6068.  [COOKIES] has become RFC 6265 (the link 
should be fixed).  References to Internet-Drafts should be given as 
"Work in Progress" per RFC 2026.

Probably Section 2.6, as well as some other URI-related stuff, can be 
interested for some people on list so I'll forward the LC 
announcement there to encourage their feedback.

All the best,
Mykyta Yevstifeyev

17.06.2011 23:45, Mark Nottingham wrote:
> [ with my IETF/W3C Liaison hat on ]
> The W3C has announced a Last Call on the HTML5 specification; see:
> The IETF has been encouraged to provide feedback, especially regarding HTML's use of and interface with IETF technologies.
> For background on Last Call in their process, see:
> and the specification itself:
> paying special attention to the 'status of this document' section for information about the Last Call and how to provide feedback.
> See also their LC FAQ:
> Cheers,
> --
> Mark Nottingham
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