[webkit-dev] Fwd: Feature removal: CSS variables

Ryosuke Niwa rniwa at webkit.org
Sun Apr 7 22:58:27 PDT 2013

On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM, Karen Shaeffer <shaeffer at neuralscape.com>wrote:

> On Sun, Apr 07, 2013 at 05:40:33PM -0700, Ryosuke Niwa wrote:
> > On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM, Jon Rimmer <jon.rimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > As well as being in Chrome, custom property support is also being
> > > developed by Mozilla[4]. It is an actively edited W3C spec that is
> expected
> > > to reach Last Call status soon[5]. Given that situation, removing it
> from
> > > WebKit seems a very negative step. If it is removed and remains
> > > unimplemented in Safari and other WebKit browsers, then they will
> continue
> > > to fall behind competing layout engines. If it is removed now and must
> be
> > > resurrected at a later date, then the total cost is likely to be
> greater
> > > than making the effort to turn it on and take ownership of it *now*.
> > >
> >
> > I definitely see a value in keeping the feature.  However, there is a
> > practical problem of someone having to maintain the code.  Now that all
> > contributors who have previously worked on this feature has left to work
> on
> > Blink, I don't see who can be maintaining this code in WebKit.  Are you
> > volunteering to maintain the code?  If not, then who is?
> >
> > Not having this feature will be unfortunate and we might need to add it
> > back in the future, but that's much better than leaving unmaintained code
> > in our codebase.
> Hi Niwa,
> I am willing to consider if it is practical for me to volunteer to
> maintain CSS
> variables for the webkit project. I'll need a week to make an informed
> decision,
> because I already have a full plate. But I am very interested in webkit,
> and this
> seems like a good time to step up to help the team. CSS variables does
> appear to
> be a worthy feature to maintain. If the team is willing to let this sit
> for a week,
> then that'll give me time to consider the issue properly.

Excellent!  Please let us know once you've decided whether you can take the
ownership or not.

- R. Niwa
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