Re: [SVGMobile12] Comment: Please give specific error-handling behaviour

L. David Baron wrote:
> I've heard a lot of noise about how much better the XML world will be.
> However, with undefined error handling behavior, it won't be, as Ian
> explained.  There's a big difference between identical parse trees and
> interoperable behavior.  It's the latter that's needed.

Well actually you need the former in order to get the latter, but you're 
right. I think XML's promises hold and work, but people oversold 
themselves on them. I think they're coming back to more realistic 
expectations now :)

> (It's worth noting that there's a difference between interoperable
> behavior and identical behavior.  It's sometimes hard to draw the line.
> For example, should the size and color of HTML buttons be specified, or
> should they follow platform appearance?  However, error-handling
> behavior is pretty clearly on one side of the line.)

Right. I'm increasingly thinking that it would be a very useful thing to 
have a document out there on how error handling in these sort of 
situations should be handled. The TAG has been touching on it but they 
have a lot of stuff relating to XML Schema that is useless to us, they 
seem to have misunderstood the way HTML handles elements it does not 
know about, and there's nothing about how error handling in a vocabulary 
affects the DOM (to take an example). It would help tremendously to have 
that one place to point to instead of having everyone who defines a new 
language figure it out again.

Robin Berjon
   Research Scientist

Received on Thursday, 19 May 2005 02:56:43 UTC