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[whatwg] Provding Better Tools

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 03:30:36 +1100
Message-ID: <45759EAC.5020501@lachy.id.au>
Alexey Feldgendler wrote:
>> Then minimally the spec should at least contain (something like):
>> 	"Implementors SHOULD NOT use string concatonation and
>> 	SHOULD use one of the HTML5 components listed here:
>> 	http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/Implementations"

It's not up to a specification to specify a conformance requirement 
stating which implementations can be used, nor mandating particular 
implementation details.

String concatenation is just an implementation detail.  It's not a good 
idea to use it for processing the markup and the technique is prone to 
bugs, but that's up to the implementer.  Besides, it actually has to 
happen somewhere in the program, or it wouldn't be able to output 
anything.  But such things belong in an isolated serialiser, not 
scattered throughout the code.

> A specification cannot refer to something as volatile as a wiki page.

Actually, it's already doing that in another section.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Tuesday, 5 December 2006 08:30:36 UTC

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