[webkit-dev] Keeping track of supported specs on wiki

Rob Burns robburns1 at mac.com
Fri Nov 9 15:39:43 PST 2007

Hi Maciej,

On Nov 9, 2007, at 5:07 PM, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:

> On Nov 9, 2007, at 5:55 PM, Rob Burns wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I have to say I like Philippe's version of the page better. I think  
>> it is more appropriate for an open source project like webkit. I  
>> would agree with Maciej that the word "stable" might be more  
>> appropriate than "full". However, I think its better to show all of  
>> the standards whether targeted by Apple or not. It might make sense  
>> to have an asterisk on the "no" response to indicate that Apple has  
>> no plans to target a particular standard.
> The set of specs that currently have no support isn't necessarily  
> identical to the set we are not targetting, or the set we would  
> categorically rule out default support for. I think there are pretty  
> few in the last category, and a huge number in the first if you take  
> a broad view of what standards count.
> I would rather list the standards we *do* currently care about  
> (including things like IETF RFCs, ECMA standards, ISO standards,  
> etc) than try to list a complete or partial list of ones we don't  
> care about.
>> However, I assume other contributors are free to bring standard  
>> supports to WebKit. I know of two such projects myself where  
>> contributors are working to bring standards support to WebKit not  
>> currently targeted by Apple.
>> Perhaps the status column should be one of:
>> • No
>> • No* (not targeted by  Apple)
>> • Partial
>> • Stable
> Again, I'm not sure "No" adds much value relative "things not on  
> this list probably are not currently targetted". I certainly do not  
> want to make a commitment on behalf of either Apple or the whole  
> WebKit project that we won't support particular specs.

I understand what you're saying. But I think if you step back and  
think about it logically, you'll see that Phillippe's proposal better  
fits what you're saying. His list is a list of possible standards that  
WebKit contributors mights want to consider. The only reason some were  
removed to create your list is that you personally (or perhaps Apple  
as an organization) do not foresee targeting those particular  
standards. However as a place for contributors to b begin it is useful  
to see what new terrains might be open to them. For example a  
developer might look  at Phillippe's list and decide that standard A  
is of interest to them and they can then quickly see that its got a  

As an alternative, we could add in a category "Intended" with an email  
address or a URI to indicate a contact or contacts interested in  
pursuing a standard.

Take care,

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