[whatwg] finding a number...
mikko.rantalainen at peda.net
Wed Dec 13 06:13:10 PST 2006
Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Dec 2006 13:17:14 +0530, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:
>> On Dec 13, 2006, at 08:32, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>>> possible *and no simpler* - this is too simple. Maybe assuming you can
>>> parse numbers out of text is just a dumb idea as a normative part of a
>> The attributes always work for any language. For English, the
>> textContent works as a *bonus*. It isn't that the spec fails to work for
>> non-English. It is just that a particular *redundant* bonus feature
>> doesn't work for non-English.
> The problem with this is that it means copying code the natural way
> doesn't work for some non-english speakers, and they have to read the spec
> or guess why. [...]
I think that "they have to read the spec" is a bonus, too.
Perhaps the parser could be specified as follows:
regexp for "numeric value" is [0-9 ,.]
scan the numeric value backwards from end
first character matching regexp [,.] is the decimal separator
This would correctly interpret numbers such as
23 236 435 123,121
It would fail for numbers such as
but that such formats used in any locale?
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