[whatwg] Endianness of typed arrays

Charles Pritchard chuck at jumis.com
Wed Mar 28 01:22:13 PDT 2012

On 3/28/2012 1:05 AM, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> The general position of this group, indeed the main reason for its 
> existence, is that specs should reflect reality and that a spec that 
> is deliberately misleading in terms of what it takes to achieve 
> interoperable behavior is not much better than no spec at all (and is 
> arguably worse than no spec at all).
> You are, of course, entitled to disagree, but I would like to 
> understand the reasons why you think deliberately misleading specs are 
> a good idea... 

You are making the assertion that "deliberately misleading in terms of 
what it takes to achieve interoperable behavior".

You have asked that the spec be changed so that developers will not make 
mistakes with endianess.
And you and Robert have given reasons why you believe developers will 
make many mistakes.

I brought up adding some additional text to aide developers...

What would it take, without changing the behavior of the current spec, 
for it to contain terms that you do not feel are "deliberately misleading"?
I am certain that all parties would like the spec to be more clear on 
this topic.

I brought forward the idea of adding an warning to the spec, for 
developers, which you rebutted with statements suggesting that 
developers will not read the spec.

Do you feel the spec is misleading implementers?


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