Re: [hybi] HyBi WG update

Adam Barth <ietf@adambarth.com> Thu, 22 July 2010 00:42 UTC

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From: Adam Barth <ietf@adambarth.com>
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Subject: Re: [hybi] HyBi WG update
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On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 4:32 PM, Greg Wilkins <gregw@webtide.com> wrote:
> On 22 July 2010 08:44, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:
>> On Wed, 21 Jul 2010, L.Wood@surrey.ac.uk wrote:
>> > You don't need implementers implementing from the latest revision of the
>> > draft.
>> >
>> > You need implementers implementing from a _considered_ version of the
>> > draft, and a fixed referencable point at that.
>>
>> Sure, but given that implementers are going to implement the spec
>> regardless, I'd much rather they implemented the latest version, with all
>> the bugs removed, rather than a version that we _know_ is buggy.
>
> How can anybody implement a constantly moving target into which discussed
> speculative ideas are added?

This is standard operating procedure for browser vendors.  If we
waited for specs to stop moving before gaining implementation
experience, we'd never get anything done.  If you'd like to see how
this works in practice, I recommend looking over the history of the
HTML parsing algorithm in HTML5.

Adam