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Re: SVGT 1.2: Appendix C3: SVG Error Processing

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 09:34:16 -0000
To: www-svg@w3.org
Message-ID: <dpas2p$dlt$1@sea.gmane.org>

"Maciej Stachowiak" <mjs@apple.com> wrote in message 
> HTML specifications have historically declined to specify error  recovery 
> behavior. However, the end result is that current UAs must  in practice 
> implement a large, complex, completely unspecified set of  error recovery 
> behavior based on the behavior of past dominant UAs.

No, they don't _have_ to, they choose to.  And given that any error recovery 
will be large and complex all you're gaining is the specified part - since a 
dominant UA is likely to have bugs in the error recovery you are still stuck 
choosing either to reverse engineer the dominant UA or follow the spec even 
when all the content relies on the dominant UA behaviour.

Specifying error recovery does nothing to solve the decision of new user 
agents deciding to ape the bugs and features of dominant UAs.

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