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Re: Status of algorithms

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 22:03:18 +0200
To: "Rotan Hanrahan" <rotan.hanrahan@mobileaware.com>, public-webapi@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tt6pzszx64w2qv@annevk-t60.oslo.opera.com>

On Tue, 19 Jun 2007 21:57:11 +0200, Rotan Hanrahan  
<rotan.hanrahan@mobileaware.com> wrote:
> The necessary flexibility might be achieved if the text read: "The value  
> of the text response entity body MAY be determined by running the  
> following illustrative algorithm:".

There is no other way to determine it. The user agent MUST act as if it  
had followed those steps.

> My point is that the algorithms are illustrative, devised specifically  
> for clarity (as is pointed out in the document), yet the text also  
> demands that you MUST use the algorithms as outlined.

They are certainly not illustrative. They are the only way to find out  
what you need to implement. You MUST follow the algorithm. Not copy it  
step for step.

> This is a logical conflict in the use of the RFC 2119 terminology.

Well, I disagree.

> [...]

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Tuesday, 19 June 2007 20:03:25 UTC

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