[whatwg] language quibbles: either works Re: same-origin versus same origin

Charles McCathieNevile chaals at opera.com
Sat Jul 5 09:52:27 PDT 2008

On Sat, 05 Jul 2008 03:17:50 -0400, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:

> On Fri, 4 Jul 2008, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/ has some usage of "same-origin" while
>> it seems that the intention is for it to be all "same origin". I'd
>> prefer if it was all "same origin" (apart from tokens, of course) as
>> that's what I/I'll use in XLMHttpRequest et al.
> The intent is to use "same-origin" when the term is used as an adjective
> and "same origin" when it is used as a noun phrase. That, as far as I
> understand, is correct English grammar.

Actually I am pretty sure that either are correct in the context of an  
attempt to describe the usage that constitutes "english grammar". English  
grammar, unlike many other languages, does not have a formal definition,  
nor any body capable of making one. This lack of formal precision is a  
drawback when using it to describe technical things - but one  
counterbalanced by the fact that many of the people who want to understand  
the descriptions have some level of familiarity with it.



Charles McCathieNevile  Opera Software, Standards Group
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