[uf-discuss] Re: Possible alternative methods for "include"

Ryan King ryan at theryanking.com
Tue Feb 5 15:00:34 PST 2008

On Feb 5, 2008, at 8:23 AM, Toby A Inkster wrote:
> Tantek =?ISO-8859-1?B?xw==?=elik wrote:
>> 1. class is an unordered set of values per HTML4.  introducing  
>> ordering
>> is a non-starter both from a violation of HTML4 spec perspective and
>> likely requiring of rewriting HTML4 parsers to maintain an ordering
>> where they currently don't.
> A reading of HTML 4.01, section 7.5.2 doesn't seem to claim that the  
> class
> list is unordered.
> It does claim that it's a "set" of class names, and in mathematical
> parlance sets are unordered by definition, and must not contain
> duplicates, but it's unlikely that the framers of the HTML 4.01 spec
> intended the world "set" to be interpreted in that way -- far more  
> likely
> they were referring to the layman's definition of the word.

Specs aren't generally written in layman's terms.


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