Just a note to say that while this is certainly out of scope for HTML, it's nonetheless a good solution, and mentioning it there, with enough details, can serve of a justification to not include other proposed solutions in the spec. --Michel Fortin 09:56, 17 November 2006 (PST)
Metalinks can contain hashes (in several, extensible, formats) and also other information, like target platform, language and list of mirrors.
Maybe instead of specyfing only hashes in HTML, we should encourage adoption of metalink?
KornelLesinski 09:59, 24 April 2007 (UTC)
Just to clarify, Metalink is a single extensible XML format that allows you to list anywhere from none to multiple full file hashes/checksums (MD5, SHA-1, etc) for a file, along with chunk checksums which allow downloads to be repaired if there are errors.
AntBryan 21:06, 18 June 2007 (UTC)
From Proposed Solutions
To be completed: what to do about non-download links, like links to other pages, when they have a hash?
Those other pages will also have a hash (or at least, it will be possible to hash the HTML file or whatever kind of file the page is) which can be checked; might be used if the page author wants the user to be noticed of changes in the page that is linked to since the hash was put in the link. Stijn 20:23, 28 July 2007 (UTC)