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Re: algorithmic normative conformance requirements, design principles, etc.

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2009 11:26:00 +1200
Message-ID: <11e306600905271626v4d712b66qbc00d68a43330b33@mail.gmail.com>
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Cc: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 11:10 AM, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com> wrote:

> There's a robustness principle involved here as well.
> Authors of javascript programs SHOULD be given a language
> definition that is conservative -- they SHOULD write programs
> that assume the fewest number of invariants.

In practice, they won't. They'll write programs that work in the browsers
they test on, and be done.

This is the reality that spec writers and implementors have to deal with.
No-one has the power to change this reality, and no amount of wishful
thinking will change it either.

"He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are
healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his
own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all." [Isaiah
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