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[Bug 10834] Garbage collection is the wrong level of abstraction

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Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 07:36:26 +0000
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Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX

--- Comment #4 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2010-09-30 07:36:25 UTC ---
Every single time anything to do with GC is mentioned in the spec, it's because
of cases like that. Acid3 for example has a subtest that actually tests the
ownerDocument case I mentioned (or maybe it was parentNode, something
equivalent though), and there were browsers that failed it, and while I could
make the argument in comment 2 as a way to justify the test, having something
explicitly there is makes life a heck of a lot less difficult when you're
trying to convince an implementor to change their code.

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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: If you have a concrete example of something that the text in the
spec prevents you from implementing, which should be implementable, then let me
know, and I'll rephrase the text -- but I disagree on the overall principle
that we shouldn't be talking about GC because it theoretically can't have any
effect. It can, and does, and is a source of bugs, and we should be as explicit
about such things as we can when striving for interoperability.

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