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Here are some ideas for how to include custom data in HTML documents.


<span data-thing="50" data-doohickey="4,5,1,2">bla bla</span>

if (span.dataset.thing > 10) { ... }
span.dataset.doohickey = '1,2,3,4';


<span custom:my-thing="50" custom:my-other-thing="4,5,1,2">bla bla</span>
(rejected because colons have special meaning in XML and so this would lead to
the HTML and XML DOM representations differing, which violates our intent to
keep the DOM accessors serialisation-agnostic.)
<span><param name=my-thing value="50"><param name=my-other-thing value="4,5,1,2">bla bla</span>
(rejected because it's so verbose that people would likely just do what
they do now, violating the spec, instead of using it.)
<span custom-my-thing="50" custom-my-other-thing="4,5,1,2">bla bla</span>
(rejected because "custom-" is not as good a prefix as "data-".)