[webkit-dev] GlobalScript in WebKit

David Hyatt hyatt at apple.com
Mon Nov 30 14:01:52 PST 2009

On Nov 30, 2009, at 3:55 PM, Peter Kasting wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 1:33 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com>  
> wrote:
> My impression from WHATWG and from TPAC is that the web standards  
> community and other browser implementors don't really buy into the  
> value of this feature, so I think there's good odds we would end up  
> in the orphan situation.
> It seems like the concern is not in trying the feature, but in being  
> unable to remove it if it doesn't pan out.  I too am concerned about  
> this case.
> To me, the right response to this concern is not to ban  
> implementation but to try and determine how we can guarantee removal/ 
> modification if this doesn't prove to be effective.  And to do that  
> it seems like we have to guarantee that we won't have consumers who  
> depend on this feature that we're forced to support.
> I agree with Dave Hyatt that perhaps the best way of minimizing risk  
> in these cases is to agree that this will not be enabled in stable  
> releases of browsers until we have enough feedback for the broader  
> community to make more final decisions.  Hopefully this will prevent  
> web authors from relying on the feature's availability and yet still  
> allow interested parties to run what tests they need.

CSS variables are a good example.  It's very fortunate that this  
experiment was never shipped, and I was able to collect a lot of great  
feedback purely from development builds.


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