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Re: What is a "state"?

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 01:16:59 +0000 (UTC)
To: Henrik Dvergsdal <henrik.dvergsdal@hibo.no>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.0706130115180.20662@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Wed, 13 Jun 2007, Henrik Dvergsdal wrote:
> The problem is that values and states are different types of entities. 
> In normal usage a "default state" is the state you get (or assume) when 
> a state is missing.

I disagree. The default state is the state you are in when you haven't 
been told to be in another state, or when you have been told to be in an 
unrecognised state.

> A missing value state represents neither of these. It is the state you 
> get when a value is missing.

When a value is missing, meaning when you haven't been told to be in a 
certain state, you have to be in the default state.

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