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Re: ACTION-70: Define the scope chain of onFoo events reference issue-1

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 11:59:59 -0800
Message-Id: <CC11A797-6CE2-4624-BFAD-FF721239BFD7@apple.com>
Cc: public-webapi@w3.org
To: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>


On Mar 16, 2006, at 11:51 AM, Jim Ley wrote:

>
> "Maciej Stachowiak" <mjs@apple.com>
>>> I can't agree this statement, no content authors do that, it's   
>>> simply unreliable on the web and has been forever.
>>
>> I have spent a lot of time fixing Safari to work with sites only   
>> tested in one browser, or at best in two. Based on this, I am  
>> certain  that content authors do this.
>
> I don't understand, because your fixing your user agent to make  
> sites that only work in one browser work with them, you conclude  
> that the sites were only tested in that browser?  I don't agree  
> that is a valid conclusion from the data.
>
> For example, I've written lots of code that I test and know doesn't  
> work in Safari, I don't do anything about it, because I know it's a  
> marginal browser for my audience and that will soon be fixed to  
> work - exactly what you're doing.

This is exactly why it is behavior needs to be specified instead of  
leaving it undefined and forcing UAs to reverse engineer each other's  
de facto behavior.

Thank you for making the point so effectively.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Thursday, 16 March 2006 20:00:11 GMT

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