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Re: Core syntax error handling

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 08:39:31 -0800 (PST)
To: Michael Day <mikeday@yeslogic.com>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.50.0303040833280.7881-100000@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Tue, 4 Mar 2003, Michael Day wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Feb 2003, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > Indeed, which is why the spec should explicitly say _how_ to handle
> > them. It already does so for many errors (invalid values, unknown
> > properties, etc). Increasing it to cover ill-formed stylesheets is
> > the next step.
> Hmm, my point was that the spec does say explicitly how to recover from
> grammar errors, and yet many user agents get it wrong in one way or
> another.

The errors that the spec mentions explicitly are quite well supported. The
problem is that the spec currently doesn't cover all the cases.

> Explicitly stating how to recover from invalid tokens will
> complicate the spec

Actually there are proposals that are remarkably simple and yet cover, as
far as I can tell, all cases.

> and does not guarantee compliant behaviour from every user agent.

Nothing guarentees compliant behaviour from every user agent.

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