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Re: Formal definition of HTML5 (was Re: Version information)

From: Mike Schinkel <w3c-lists@mikeschinkel.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 02:49:34 -0400
Message-ID: <4620797E.1010800@mikeschinkel.com>
To: public-html@w3.org

Ian Hickson wrote:
> Anyone is free to implement formal language definitions, but I see no 
> reason to make one more "official" than any other. Reference 
> implementations are often a source of bugs and constrain the development 
> of the specification in ways that are artificial and unrelated to the 
> needs of the users and authors ("we can't require that, the grammar 
> couldn't express it").
>   
>> - you cannot validate documents against english prose.
>>     
> Sure, you just have a conformance checker that implements the prose. For 
> example:
>
>    http://hsivonen.iki.fi/validator/html5/
>   
Just curious: How is it possible to write validation software that is 
free of bugs whereas isn't not possible to create a reference 
implementation without said bugs?

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