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Re: Status of algorithms

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 22:35:03 +0200
To: "Boris Zbarsky" <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, "Bjoern Hoehrmann" <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Cc: "Rotan Hanrahan" <rotan.hanrahan@mobileaware.com>, public-webapi@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tt6rgpjp64w2qv@annevk-t60.oslo.opera.com>

On Tue, 19 Jun 2007 22:24:21 +0200, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU> wrote:
> Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>>> 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.
> You must have a different definition of "follow the algorithm" than I've  
> seen in the past...
> It sounds like you want to say something like "MUST follow an algorithm  
> which produces results that are identical to the following algorithm" or  
> something along those lines.

How about:

   Conformance requirements phrased as algorithms or specific steps may
   be implemented in any manner, so long as the end result is equivalent.

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Tuesday, 19 June 2007 20:35:11 UTC

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