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Re: We need a EBNF spec

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2006 21:59:16 +0000 (UTC)
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>, spec-prod@w3.org, www-qa@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0602222159030.315@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Wed, 22 Feb 2006, Dan Connolly wrote:
>
> On Mon, 2006-01-09 at 07:05 +0000, Ian Hickson wrote:
> [...]
> > Personally I would discourage the use of BNF, however, as it makes it very 
> > difficult to define error handling rules, and specifications often forget 
> > to define how to go from the parsed tree to the semantics that the 
> > specification defines, leaving it up to UA implementors to work out the 
> > implied mapping.
> 
> Defining error handling rules is tricky, no doubt. But I wonder why
> you say that BNF makes it more so. What do you prefer?

Prose.

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