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Re: What is the value of conformance? (was RE: <font color="blue"> (was ISSUE-32))

From: Rob Sayre <rsayre@mozilla.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 19:11:23 -0400
Message-ID: <4A32E09B.4040109@mozilla.com>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
CC: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, public-html@w3.org
On 6/12/09 6:52 PM, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> John Foliot wrote:
>> In a perfect world, critical fail is that - critical (if your C+ code is
>> not conformant, when you go to compile, what happens?) 
> About half the time, your compiler gives you a warning and compiles it 
> anyway.  And then either it misbehaves or doesn't compile on a 
> different compiler...

That's not a good comparison. In this case, the behavior required for 
conformant handling of "non-conformant" input is precisely specified. So 
misbehaving consumers or full-stop errors from different consumers don't 
really apply, unless you take some MUSTs more seriously than others.

- Rob
Received on Friday, 12 June 2009 23:12:01 UTC

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