Pseudo-JSON with unquoted property names

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Jun 5 17:11:21 PDT 2009

David-Sarah Hopwood scripsit:

> (Note that this is somewhat different from Postel's "be liberal in
> what you accept" rule, because it is specifying *precisely* what must
> be accepted, and requiring everything else to be explicitly rejected.

That was, indeed, the original force of Postel's Law.

> I do not accept the validity or wisdom of Postel's liberality rule
> when it is applied to unspecified inputs.)

It never meant that except in the minds of demented HTML parser authors,
including me.  :-)

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