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Re: Writing spec algorithms in ES6?

From: Erik Arvidsson <arv@google.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:50:54 -0400
Message-ID: <CAJ8+GoiWJHV+Xwjm4QPcoy=wRb5oYbbb7wv=0Vt1o8tVZ=7qdw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Adam Klein <adamk@chromium.org>
Cc: Dimitri Glazkov <dglazkov@google.com>, public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
Dare I say ecma-speak?

(Maybe I got stockholm-syndrome?)

On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 4:47 PM, Adam Klein <adamk@chromium.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 1:32 PM, Dimitri Glazkov <dglazkov@google.com>
> wrote:
>>
>> Folks,
>>
>> Many specs nowadays opt for a more imperative method of expressing
>> normative requirements, and using algorithms. For example, both HTML and DOM
>> spec do the "run following steps" list that looks a lot like pseudocode, and
>> the Web components specs use their own flavor of prose-pseudo-code.
>>
>> I wonder if it would be good the pseudo-code would actually be ES6, with
>> comments where needed?
>>
>> I noticed that the CSS Color Module Level 4 actually does this, and it
>> seems pretty nice:
>> http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css-color/#dom-rgbcolor-rgbcolorcolor
>>
>> WDYT?
>
>
> I love the idea of specifying algorithms in something other than English.
> But I'm afraid that ECMAScript is not a good language for this purpose, for
> the same reasons Boris cites in his response (which arrived as I was typing
> this).
>
> - Adam



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erik
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