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Re: Detecting unbound options

From: Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 07:33:52 -0400
To: XProc Dev <xproc-dev@w3.org>
Message-ID: <m24ov64w67.fsf@nwalsh.com>
mozer <xmlizer@gmail.com> writes:
> Are you suggesting that we eventually end up needing a construct to
> test if a variable is bounded ?

No. After more thought, I'm suggesting that the concept of unbound
options is a mistake. As a (SIGNIFICANT) convenience to users, and
consistent with languages like XSLT, I think an option with no binding
should get a default value.

Since we've decided that variables and parameters must be strings
in XProc 1.0, I propose the empty string as that default value.

Effectively "" becomes the default default for options.

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