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Bug 13878 - spellcheck default state poorly defined
Summary: spellcheck default state poorly defined
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML5 spec (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-08-23 17:21 UTC by Glenn Adams
Modified: 2011-09-05 13:37 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description Glenn Adams 2011-08-23 17:21:04 UTC
The current text in 7.6 states "The default state indicates that the element is to act according to a default behavior, possibly based on the parent element's own spellcheck state."

This text refers to "a default behavior". Exactly which default behavior is that?

If it is intended to be UA implementation dependent, then it should state that. However, that leaves things rather ambiguous. I would suggest coupling the default state to an explicit value, e.g., 'false', or something more specific that is currently specified "possibly based on the parent element's own spellcheck state".

The absence of a better definition of default state reduces testability and interoperability.
Comment 1 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2011-09-05 04:02:44 UTC
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Status: Accepted
Change Description: see diff given below
Rationale: Concurred with reporter's comments.
Comment 2 contributor 2011-09-05 04:03:00 UTC
Checked in as WHATWG revision r6540.
Check-in comment: Clarify that this is non-normative.
Comment 3 Glenn Adams 2011-09-05 13:37:54 UTC