[whatwg] Side effects free scripts

Andrew Fedoniouk news at terrainformatica.com
Sun May 28 18:31:06 PDT 2006

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alexey Feldgendler" <alexey at feldgendler.ru>

> On Sun, 28 May 2006 17:05:45 +0700, Sjoerd Visscher <sjoerd at w3future.com> 
> wrote:
>>> When a script thread is in side effect free mode:
>>>  1. It stays in this mode until the thread completes.
>>>  2. It can call any non-native function, but the same restrictions 
>>> apply.
>>>  3. It cannot assign any variables except locals.
>>>  4. It cannot call any native function except those specifically marked 
>>> by the spec as side effects free. For example, sin() is side effects 
>>> free, and window.open() is not.
>>>  5. It can read any property that can be normally read.
>>>  6. It cannot assign any property for which a native setter function is 
>>> used.
>> Ok, here you make it clear that with side effects you only mean visible 
>> side effects?
> No, all side effects in the mathematical sense. The script is not allowed 
> to alter the state of the world in any way.


  Code which is not altering the state of the world cannot produce anything
  useful (work) for that world.

(C:) Mine.

Andrew Fedoniouk.

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