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Re: Haskell and W3C specs

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 01:34:06 +0000 (UTC)
To: Dimitry Golubovsky <golubovsky@gmail.com>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0907160132090.12284@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 15 Jul 2009, Dimitry Golubovsky wrote:
> 
> There are a number of projects in Haskell targeting Web application 
> development. One piece missing is an IDL conversion tool. I am taking 
> care of this.

Could you explain why an IDL conversion tool is useful here?


> One is missing interfaces for some HTML tags that I have brought up 
> here. Another is inconsistent naming of tags and interfaces, see 
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-dom/2009JulSep/0008.html.

How would this handle arbitrary XML, where every element uses the 
interface "Element"? Why is HTML different?


> These two things are needed just for consistency, and for convenience of 
> automated IDL bindings derivation with proper type information. With 
> Haskell used to generate client-side Javascript, IDL interface type 
> information matters only at compile time, and mostly disappears at 
> runtime.

Could you elaborate on this? I don't understand what you mean.


> So, if this is not the W3C position to officially supplement the 
> existing specification with the information I am talking about, it can 
> be taken care of at the each tool implementor's side. But if the 
> position is to provide these missing pieces, I am sure developers of IDL 
> implementations in any language would benefit from that.

I don't understand the use case, so I've no idea whether what you're doing 
even makes sense or not, let alone if we should be worrying about it. :-)

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