[webkit-dev] Feature removal: CSS variables

Allan Sandfeld Jensen kde at carewolf.com
Mon Apr 8 01:56:08 PDT 2013

I think this discussion can be simplified a bit. I too is very sceptic about 
just removing features and would prefer we didn't remove features based on 
whether they could be a burden, but based on whether they actually are a 
burden or in the way of something specific we would like to do.

The problem with css variables though is that it is not currently being 
actively developed by anyone in webkit, and that no webkit port or bot have it 
enabled. This means that it is very likely to bitrot. Unless someone either 
starts working actively on it or a port decides to enable it on a bot, it is 
just guaranteed to stop working soon.

I am guessing as a minimum an interested third party could offer to setup a 
bot running Qt (the easiest port to run on standard hardware) with CSS 
variables enabled. 

Without testing, CSS variables are better removed and reintroduced later when 
either the implementation in blink gets better and we can adopt a cleaner 
solution, the standard improves or Mozilla implements it. Whichever happens 

Best regards

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