DR 11-0012 - WML: Absence of the type attribute of the docGrid element

Chris Rae Chris.Rae at microsoft.com
Thu Jun 16 00:36:21 CEST 2011

Hi Jesper -

I think we do have to describe what the behaviour should be when the attribute is missing (given that it's optional) but I'd be happy to put the text I had in an informative note into Microsoft's implementer notes instead. That was actually what I was initially thinking of doing with this DR, but I felt that "if this is missing, it's like the parent was missing" rather begs the question "then why not just omit the parent", so I thought implementers might benefit from some sort of description.

That said, I'm certainly open to putting that information in implementer notes if WG4 think it would be better there.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jesper Lund Stocholm [mailto:jesper.stocholm at ciber.dk] 
Sent: 15 June 2011 05:10
To: Chris Rae; e-SC34-WG4 at ecma-international.org
Subject: RE: DR 11-0012 - WML: Absence of the type attribute of the docGrid element 

Hi Chris,

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Rae [mailto:Chris.Rae at microsoft.com]
> Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2011 2:32 AM
> To: e-SC34-WG4 at ecma-international.org
> Subject: DR 11-0012 - WML: Absence of the type attribute of the
> element
> http://cid-
> 0012.docx
> This DR requests clarification of what the absence of the "type"
> of the docGrid element means. The standard is definitely unclear -
> checked with our experts and essentially a missing "type" attribute is 
> equivalent to a completely missing docGrid element. The reason for
> duplicitous behaviour is to enable the other docGrid settings to be 
> preserved even when the docGrid feature is turned off (allowing the
> user to turn on and off the feature without losing the settings
> to it). I've added text to the standard describing the behaviour,
> with an informative note explaining why this would be useful. Changes
> attached.

Doesn't this sound like it would be more appropriate in a vendor's implementer notes than in the standard itself? It seems like the behavior described here is orthogonal to the type attribute itself and the stated purpose of it in the current text?

Med venlig hilsen / Best regards

Jesper Lund Stocholm

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