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Re: What is a "state"?

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 18:21:16 +0000 (UTC)
To: Henrik Dvergsdal <henrik.dvergsdal@hibo.no>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.0706141820300.31928@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Thu, 14 Jun 2007, Henrik Dvergsdal wrote:
> It is true that applications don't tell attributes to be in specific 
> states. States only exist in the specification. That's where we "tell" 
> about states. Applications "tell" concrete attributes to be set to 
> concrete values, or to not exist at all. They don't deal with states at 
> all. Furthermore we cannot deprive attributes of being in states. An 
> attribute cannot not be in a state. As long as it is known, it will 
> allways be in some state, even if it doesn't physically exist and even 
> if we haven't given that state a particular name and significance.

This discussion has become far too philosophical. At the end of the day I 
still don't understand what is wrong with the use of the word "default". I 
don't think it does any harm.

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