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Re: keep conformance objective (detailed review of section 1. Introduction)

From: Doug Jones <doug_b_jones@mac.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 19:54:41 -0400
Message-Id: <4A369941-A0FD-4308-8FB3-33E255257178@mac.com>
To: HTML WG Public List <public-html@w3.org>

The syntax refers to the rules pertaining to the structure and order  
of the language. Semantics is related to the meaning in the language.  
The syntax of HTML5 can be checked by machine. Some of the semantics  
may also be able to be checked by machine. A complete semantic check  
must be by humans.

A semantically correct document implies a syntactically correct  

So, the terms I prefer are syntactic conformity (syntactic  
conformance) and semantic conformity (semantic conformance).

-Doug Jones

On 2007 Sep 26, at 05:39, Patrick Garies wrote:

> Philip TAYLOR wrote:
>> But my idea of using two words instead of
>> variants of one is that we are trying to communicate
>> two quite different ideas : what makes a document
>> (syntactically) valid, and what extra steps are needed
>> before a valid document may also legitimately
>> claim to conform to a formal-but-not-machine-verifiable
>> specification.
>> ** Phil.
> The ideas aren’t so different; they’re simply two different aspects  
> of conformance. A document that uses incorrect syntax is not  
> conforming and neither is a document that violates specified  
> semantic rules.
> — Patrick Garies
Received on Wednesday, 26 September 2007 23:55:29 UTC

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