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[Bug 24581] Fix ByteString type & [EnsureUTF16] flag story

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Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:12:51 +0000
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--- Comment #6 from Brendan Eich <brendan@mozilla.org> ---
(In reply to Anne from comment #5)
> 1. ScalarValueString is not in any way exposed. We can always change it. It
> is specification language.

I know. It's still a bug to fix rather than spread all over spec-land.

> 2. "scalar value" in the context of strings

In the context of *Unicode strings*.

> means a code point that is not a
> lone surrogate. It therefore very accurately describes the intent.

Asserting accuracy does not demonstrate it.

Spec authors don't all grok or use Unicode-relative jargon, nor should they
have to. Plus, the name's too long. Oh, and it smells too :-P.

> 3. An attractive name such as UnicodeString might lead to adoption in places
> that do not require it. String/DOMString should be used normally.

UnicodeString is less attractive, but if you are worried about an attractive
nuisance, then your assertion #2 fails. Unicode experts know more than enough
to use the right type.

Who is the audience here, what's the threat model?


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