[whatwg] Event stream format

David Håsäther hasather at gmail.com
Sun Feb 25 16:44:11 PST 2007

On Mon, 26 Feb 2007 00:48:27 +0100, Daniel Spång <daniel.spang at gmail.com>  

Hi Daniel.

> I think I have found an error in the event stream format in the Web
> Applications 1.0 draft.
> http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#the-event
> A note says: "Since any random stream of characters matches the above
> format, there is no need to define any error handling." This is not
> true, e.g., how does the following line match the format?
> A field name; is this a comment?
> The line starts with a character other than ';' and ':' which means
> that the only rule that could match the line is the <field> rule. But
> the format says that ';' is not a part of <name> so it does not match
> <field> either.

<event> is defined as

   <event>   ::= [ <comment> | <command> | <field> ]* <newline>

i.e., one or more of <comment>, <command> and <field>, so the way I read  
it, your example is a <field> with only the obligatory <name> part,  
followed by a <comment>.


David Håsäther

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