[webkit-dev] Turning CSS Variables Off

Bear Travis betravis at adobe.com
Wed May 15 15:07:28 PDT 2013

Hi Sergio,

It's great to hear your interest in the project. As a bit of background,
CSS Variables is a feature that was originally proposed and developed by
some folks over at Google. Since the Blink fork, they have continued to
work on the feature there, but there is no current feature owner (at least
to my knowledge), in WebKit.

My take on the matter is that the feature is incomplete in WebKit, and
very much needs an active owner to move forward. Without one, it will not
be able to keep up with the rest of the project, causing snafus like the
recent run-in with shape-inside (bug 115802 mentioned below). And that
doesn't even include progress on the feature itself.

Is this a responsibility you would be interested in taking on? I wasn't
sure from your previous email if that was the case. At a minimum, you
would probably need to fix up bugs that cause issues with other features,
and stay attentive to regressions.


On 5/14/13 3:46 AM, "Sergio Villar Senin" <svillar at igalia.com> wrote:

>En 14/05/13 00:36, Bear Travis escribiu:
>> Hello WebKit,
>> There has already been some discussion about removing the CSS Variables
>> code [1], and some early looks at what removing it from the code base
>> would look like [2].
>> Currently, the EFL and GTK ports enable CSS Variables in the
>> Source/cmake/Options[Efl/GTK].cmake files. I am proposing turning them
>> off and excluding the CSS Variables tests until someone steps up to
>> maintain the feature, or the feature is removed.
>While not being an expert on CSS stuff I plan to devote some time from
>now on to the CSS variables stuff (I fixed a minor issue recently
>https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=115802). I'm currently working
>on fixing some bugs and I regularly check Blink also (looks like google
>seems much more interested in the feature).
>So I am not really sure I could be considered as "maintainer" but
>definitely could try to keep the feature alive.
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