Bug 15047 - Common microsyntaxes parsing rules allow non-numeric trailing characters
Common microsyntaxes parsing rules allow non-numeric trailing characters
Status: RESOLVED WONTFIX
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML5 spec
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Assigned To: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
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Reported: 2011-12-02 21:33 UTC by Sylvain Galineau
Modified: 2011-12-03 03:55 UTC (History)
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Description Sylvain Galineau 2011-12-02 21:33:18 UTC
PROBLEM
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The rules defined in section 2.5.4 [1]seem to allow numbers followed by any non-numeric characters i.e. not only is "41  " valid, but so is "41xyz". Both evaluate to 41. A value such as "41q20" would also evaluate to 41. 

This is because what follows the collected sequence of numeric character is never checked.

It is unclear why a sequences of number followed by any non-numeric character should be valid. 

PROPOSED SOLUTION
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Once the algorithm is done collecting the last numeric sequence and before returning a value, it should:

- Skip whitespace
- If position is *not* past the end of input, return an error.


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/common-microsyntaxes.html#numbers
Comment 1 Sylvain Galineau 2011-12-02 21:50:40 UTC
The related sections are:

2.5.4.1 Non-negative integers [1]
2.5.4.2 Signed integers [2] 
2.5.4.3 Real numbers [3]
2.5.4.4 Percentages and lengths [4] 


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/common-microsyntaxes.html#non-negative-integers
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/common-microsyntaxes.html#signed-integers
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/common-microsyntaxes.html#real-numbers
[4] http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/common-microsyntaxes.html#percentages-and-dimensions
Comment 2 L. David Baron (Mozilla) 2011-12-03 02:30:34 UTC
Isn't it this way because that's how browsers work (interoperably)?  I certainly remember <table border="5"> being the same as <table border="5px"> or <table border="5em"> or <table border="5zzz">.
Comment 3 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2011-12-03 03:55:24 UTC
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: The rules don't "allow" numbers; and numbers like "41xyz" aren't "valid". However, the parser does handle those errors by ignoring the invalid trailing content. That's intentional, for back compat reasons.