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Re: Answer to Ian Hickson: Formal vs prose language normativity

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 11:08:56 +0300
Message-Id: <6d99b14a7edcaab5ba8bf122adb94e7e@iki.fi>
To: www-qa@w3.org

On May 16, 2005, at 04:17, Ian Hickson wrote:

> In fact, the fact that developers would be blocked when the prose
> contradicts the formal language is a *good thing*. If one is 
> arbitrarily
> picked as the one they must follow, there is a 50% chance that they 
> will
> invest time and effort into implementing the wrong one, possibly 
> without
> even raising it as an issue (after all, "the spec is clear"). Then when
> the error is fixed, there is a 50% chance that they will have to 
> rewrite
> their implementation -- and a high probability, in practice, that they
> will not, leading to conflicting implementations and bad 
> interoperability.

I agree with Hixie. Stuff like what's described in
is seriously uncool.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Monday, 16 May 2005 08:09:39 UTC

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