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Re: complexity (was: Re: XHTML and RDF)

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 07:33:07 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200404140633.i3E6X7f01095@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> A specification is a document that describes a process or technology that is 
> sufficiently precise enough that people can use the document to implement 
> the process or technology in such a way that the desired output always flows 
> from a given set of inputs.

Actually, one of the main reasons for a specification is often to clearly
identify what is left as implementation choices; it is about identifying
what can be safely assumed, as much as exactly what happens.

CSS is a particularly strong case here, as, whilst many graphic designers
expect PDF like fidelity, CSS is actually only specified as hinting, and
that is a positive choice in its specification.
Received on Wednesday, 14 April 2004 03:15:37 UTC

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