[webkit-dev] Using the WebExposed keyword for web-facing changes

TAMURA, Kent tkent at chromium.org
Sun Jun 10 18:08:37 PDT 2012

Do you want WebExposed for a simple bug fix of an existing feature? Do you
want it for bugs with no patches?

On Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 5:24 AM, Peter Beverloo <peter at chromium.org> wrote:

> Hi webkit-dev,

> *If you work on web-facing features, or run into another bug which does,
> please consider adding the **"**WebExposed**"** keyword to it.*

> Many of you will be familiar with my WebKit updates, which are now also
> being published on the WebKit blog. Writing these involves reading every
> commit that lands in WebKit's repository. Last year, May counted 2,126
> revisions. This year there were 3,068. As a result of the steep increase  
> in
> volume, it's becoming increasingly hard for all parties to keep up --
> Web(Kit) developers, ports and all other interested parties. Not every one
> of them has time to read through all changes.

> In an effort to increase visibility of Web Platform facing changes, I'd
> like to introduce the "WebExposed" keyword. It is intended to be applied  
> to
> any bug which introduces, modifies (including behavioral changes) or
> removes features important to Web developers, such as DOM properties and
> methods, JavaScript features and CSS properties and values.

> https://bugs.webkit.org/buglist.cgi?keywords=WebExposed

> Increased visibility of these changes has a number of advantages.

> Firstly, Web Developers will have more insight in what's happening in
> WebKit. The changes will be visible on the bug list itself, but also
> through the RSS feed Bugzilla will curate for it.

> Furthermore, it may be used as an overview for ports to keep track of the
> web-facing changes which happen during their release cycles, and it will
> also come in useful for evangelizing features, writing documentation and
> managing outreach. With work being done by many vendors in many areas of
> WebCore, I'm hoping the keyword can become a valuable aid in this respect.

> If you work on web-facing features, or run into another bug which does,
> please consider adding the "WebExposed" keyword to it. This of course  
> isn't
> mandatory, but it will help others who are interested in keeping track.

> Thanks,
> Peter

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