[webkit-dev] Deprecating features guideline wiki

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Sun Apr 29 12:37:13 PDT 2012

On Apr 27, 2012, at 6:29 PM, Dirk Pranke <dpranke at chromium.org> wrote:

>> BTW, the page at <https://trac.webkit.org/wiki/DeprecatingFeatures> seems to be using "deprecate" in the sense of "remove entirely". Is that what is meant? If so, I think it would be helpful to change the wording to "removing features". In non-Web contexts, deprecate often means a step short of removal.
> I agree that "Removing features" is clearer and more to the point :).
> When to deprecate features in the sense of "we recommend you use this
> other feature instead" is an entirely different conversation.

Now that I look closer, I see that it says:

"Deprecating a feature means we will remove it in the future. Deprecation is not meant as a usage metric collection or to assess web-developers' reactions."

This seems to imply that there actually is a step of deprecation that comes prior to removal. What exactly is this step? How are features supposed to be marked deprecated? What is the effect of being deprecated, if any, other than future removal? Does anyone who was at the session know the answer?

My own recommendation would be to just remove features that we've decided to remove. Any data gathering related to potential removal should happen before we make a decision.


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