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[Bug 21295] New: overload resolution: are DOMString and sequence<T> distinguishable now?

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Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 23:53:25 +0000
To: public-script-coord@w3.org
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=21295

            Bug ID: 21295
           Summary: overload resolution: are DOMString and sequence<T>
                    distinguishable now?
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: WebAppsWG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: WebIDL
          Assignee: cam@mcc.id.au
          Reporter: travil@microsoft.com
        QA Contact: public-webapps-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-script-coord@w3.org

In the Screen Orientation spec:
http://www.w3.org/TR/screen-orientation/#extensions-to-the-screen-interface

the interface specifies an overload between a sequence<DOMString> and a
DOMString:

  boolean lockOrientation (DOMString orientation);
  boolean lockOrientation (sequence<DOMString> orientations);

So, when an implementation gets a DOMString as a parameter, I wondered how I
could tell whether I should apply the sequence<> conversion logic, or take the
DOMString as-is? 

The sequence<T> conversion logic would seem to take a DOMString "Hi", and per
section 4.2.24:
http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/WebIDL/#es-sequence

I'd fall through to the "Any kind of object except for a native Date object or
a native RegExp object" rule.

DOMString's have a length (2 in this case), so I'd end up either taking the
DOMString as is (one viable outcome) or converting the DOMString into ["H",
"i"] per 4.2.24 (equally valid outcome). 

I think that means that these two types are not distinguishable anymore?
Somehow I don't think that's the intent...

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