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Re: Status of algorithms

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 16:54:35 +0200
To: "Rotan Hanrahan" <rotan.hanrahan@mobileaware.com>, public-webapi@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tt6bo9gu64w2qv@annevk-t60.oslo.opera.com>

On Tue, 19 Jun 2007 15:45:16 +0200, Rotan Hanrahan  
<rotan.hanrahan@mobileaware.com> wrote:
> In the conformance section [1] of the XMLHttpRequest Object WD, you
> mention:
> "The algorithms in this specification are generally written with more
> concern for clarity than efficiency."
> This suggests that more efficient algorithms may be possible, and may be
> more efficient. If the alternative algorithms lack some clarity, I am
> sure that there would be a formal mechanism for proving their
> computational equivalence.
> However, the normative status of the algorithms in the WD would preclude
> anyone making use of more efficient, yet equivalent, algorithms while
> maintaining conformance.

Why? The conformance section also mentions: "User agents may optimize any  
algorithm given in this specification, so long as the end result is  
indistinguishable from the result that would be obtained by the  
specification's algorithms."

> [...]
> [1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-XMLHttpRequest-20070618/#conformance

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Tuesday, 19 June 2007 14:55:17 UTC

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