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

Peter Beverloo peter at chromium.org
Mon Jun 11 03:24:31 PDT 2012

On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 2:08 AM, TAMURA, Kent <tkent at chromium.org> wrote:

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

If the change might impact Web Developers - yes. Of course, use your own
judgement here; it won't have much benefit for minor fixes on a feature in
very early stages of development which is still disabled on all major
ports. However, when in doubt, it's better to be on the safe side and add
the label.

Using it for bugs without patches is fine, of course.


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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