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[Bug 6503] New: to what degree should formalisms be used (if at all) in the h:tml draft?

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Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 04:36:12 +0000
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           Summary: to what degree should formalisms be used (if at all) in
                    the h:tml draft?
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML 5: The Markup Language
        AssignedTo: mike@w3.org
        ReportedBy: mike@w3.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: public-html@w3.org

comments from Hixie: "I've nothing against formalisms being used
non-normatively, since they sometimes can be useful for making things clearer
than prose. However, normatively they are only useful, IMHO, if they are
comprehensive, and a comprehensive formalism would be incomprehensible if used
to describe HTML5's rules... if the document is normative and uses formalisms,
then the current language used will likely be found to be unsuitable, and thus
I would recommend finding a better language to use (or developing one
specifically for this purpose)."

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