[whatwg] Readiness of script-created documents

Henri Sivonen hsivonen at iki.fi
Tue Apr 3 04:39:43 PDT 2012

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM, Jonas Sicking <jonas at sicking.cc> wrote:
> Everyone returning the same thing isn't the only goal. First of all
> what's the purpose of all browsers doing the same thing if that same
> thing isn't useful?

No one is worse off and stuff works even if an author somewhere relies
on a crazy edge case behavior.

> Second, you are assuming that people are actually
> aware of this edge case and account for it. Here it seems just as
> likely to me that generic code paths would result in buggy pages given
> IEs behavior, and correct behavior given the specs behavior. Third, if
> no-one is hitting this edge case, which also seems quite plausible
> here, then it having a while longer without interoperability won't
> really matter what we do and doing the most useful thing seems like
> the best long-term goal.

On the other hand, for cases no one is hitting, it's probably not
worthwhile to spend time trying to get the behavior to change from
what was initially introduced.

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi

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