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Re: Comments on HTML WG face to face meetings in France Oct 08

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 09:23:23 -0500
Message-ID: <4922CFDB.2050605@mit.edu>
To: elharo@metalab.unc.edu
CC: public-html <public-html@w3.org>, www-tag@w3.org

Elliotte Harold wrote:
>>> Up to the application. Feed that URL to any app you like. The app 
>>> defines what should be done with it. Feed it to a browser, you'll get 
>>> one thing. Feed it to an app that wants to do somethint else, you'll 
>>> get something else.
>>
>> That's not acceptable from my point of view, basically.
>>
> 
> Doesn't matter. It's what happens anyway.

If the specification doesn't define parsing, sure.  If it does it can 
happen, but then the relevant implementations are non-compliant.

> The idea that the document producer has any ability or right to specify 
> the behavior of a consuming application is a fiction.

The idea that processing of data should be well-specified is not a 
fiction, though.  Clearly consuming applications can ignore the 
specification if they really want to.

-Boris
Received on Tuesday, 18 November 2008 14:24:09 GMT

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