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Re: The argument for |bugmode|

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 00:05:44 -0700
Message-Id: <D210F3E1-00A9-45FB-B92F-399CDE760C2D@apple.com>
Cc: W3C HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
To: Terje Bless <link@pobox.com>


On Apr 19, 2007, at 11:40 PM, Terje Bless wrote:

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> mattraymond@earthlink.net (Matthew Raymond) wrote:
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>> Chris Wilson wrote:
>>> No.  We will have our own proprietary, non-invalidating opt-in  
>>> switch to
>>> "really standards as of IEn" mode.
>>
>> This is even worse, because the switch, by being proprietary, would
>> be non-conformant, so a standards-conformant document would have  
>> to be
>> turned into a non-conformant document just to be rendered as a
>> standards-conformant document. […]
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> It is arguable whether altering the behavior of an UA
> implementation based on, say, a “magic” comment — <?x-ms
> level="5"?> — in a way that is not explicitly defined in the
> standard would affect the implementation's conformance status.

If the comment was a syntactically valid comment then I believe it  
would affect conformance status. And this should be so; otherwise, an  
implementation that has any arbitrary behavior in the presence of at  
least one comment would remain conformant. However, embedding a  
comment that some UAs treat specially would not affect conformance  
status of the document.

Regards,
Maciej

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