[whatwg] Comments/questions on 4.6 Offline Web applications
aroben at apple.com
Fri Oct 12 09:42:15 PDT 2007
Darin Adler wrote:
> On Oct 12, 2007, at 6:11 AM, Adam Roben wrote:
>>>> It may be worth stating in this section what the behavior is when a
>>>> section or opportunistic caching namespace appears multiple times.
>>>> The parsing algorithm makes this clear, but it would be clearer
>>>> still to also state the behavior in this section.
>>> Well, that would be non-conforming. I'm not sure we want to tell
>>> authors what the error handling behaviour is when they ignore the
>>> conformance requirements... do we?
>> I see. I was not looking at this part of the spec from an application
>> author's perspective. In light of that, I think the current level of
>> detail is appropriate.
> Our experience with HTML has taught us that authors don't necessarily
> read the specifications nor conform. The behavior of web browsers when
> application authors ignore conformance requirements may be quite
> important to compatibility in practice; if it's not specified then the
> applications end up relying on the behavior of the implementation they
> test with.
> So I think it's worth considering being explicit about the error
> handling. Not necessarily "for the authors", but for the benefit of
> the web browser implementers.
The error handling behavior is explicit in the parsing algorithm.
Perhaps it's not explicit as you would like, though?
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