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Re: Indicating XHR conformance

From: Mihai Sucan <mihai.sucan@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 11:56:41 +0300
To: "Mark Nottingham" <mnot@yahoo-inc.com>
Cc: "Web APIs WG (public)" <public-webapi@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.s9dpsrr4mcpsjg@localhost.localdomain>

Le Wed, 10 May 2006 22:54:05 +0300, Mark Nottingham <mnot@yahoo-inc.com> a  
écrit:

> On 2006/05/10, at 12:31 PM, Mihai Sucan wrote:
>>
>> When developers have to have their sites compatible with more and more  
>> user agents (on various devices)... such features are just an added  
>> layer of headaches for developers who use them.
>
> What would you recommend as an alternative?

Let the developers figure out the answer to that question when coding  
their applications. They'll definitely find better solutions.

Give them freedom, not (future) common pitfalls.

Oh, and there's no recommended alternative. It's utopic IMHO to believe  
there's a way to properly check for conformance, unless we do it the  
XML-way or the "compilation method". What I mean, if some C/C++/whatever  
code compiles it also means it will "properly" run according to the author  
(given he hasn't done any logical mistake and he has no obvious bugs in  
the code). The XML-way is "don't do anything until the document is  
entirely and correctly parsed". Then you can ensure your code either runs  
or not. This is something many people would not like, and probably that  
includes me. Opera 9 already provides a way to work around the XML parsing  
error, which IMHO is very useful.

All this diversity of the web is actually good, even if now there are  
millions (billions) of tag-soup pages with outrageous JavaScript code and  
whatever.

Your proposal for indicating XHR conformance would be awesome and perfect,  
given a perfect world.




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