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[whatwg] Spellchecking proposal #2

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 15:09:41 +1000
Message-ID: <449CC915.4080106@lachy.id.au>
Alexey Feldgendler wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Jun 2006 10:22:34 +0700, Lachlan Hunt 
> <lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au> wrote:
>> Roughly what percentage of all use cases would you expect heuristics 
>> and user preferences to give suboptimal results, and thus require the 
>> author's suggestion?
> IMHO we should not rely on unspecified heuristics. In some browsers, 
> they work rather well, in some they might constantly fail. Leave 
> heuristics for invalid pages, quirks mode etc -- or document these 
> heuristics.

Generally, that's true.  But since spell checking is only a user agent 
feature intended for the user (it doesn't affect the page or author in 
any way) and interoperability between one browser's heuristics and 
another is not required.  Browsers should be allowed to innovate as much 
as they like so they can come up with the best method that suits their 

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Friday, 23 June 2006 22:09:41 UTC

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