[uf-dev] Using class for non-human data
danbri at danbri.org
Mon Jun 23 14:58:45 PDT 2008
Jake Archibald wrote:
> 2008/6/23 Michael Kaply <mkaply at us.ibm.com <mailto:mkaply at us.ibm.com>>:
> But how would you detect this in a parser? Currently we look for a
> class of dtstart. how would you do a getElementsByClassName?
> I personally don't like the BBC suggestion at all. Hiding data in
> the class tag just seems like a hack. Especially since I have to
> look at every class attribute to decide if it is data for the
> I'd almost rather use a non standard attribute.
> It is a hack, but so is using title. I find using class less hacky
> because the data doesn't end up in a human readable space (as title
> does). "For general purpose processing by user agents" is what the HTML
> spec says of the class attribute.
> But yes, the dtstart class should remain, followed by a separate data class.
> In implementations and standards, the class attribute has always been
> for machine data. This is not true of title.
That's my reading too; 'class' seems a home worth investigating for this
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