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RE: "var" declarations shadowing properties from Window.prototype

From: Travis Leithead <travis.leithead@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:20:38 +0000
To: Brendan Eich <brendan@mozilla.com>
CC: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>, Brandon Benvie <brandon@brandonbenvie.com>, "public-script-coord@w3.org" <public-script-coord@w3.org>, "es-discuss@mozilla.org" <es-discuss@mozilla.org>, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
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> From: Brendan Eich [mailto:brendan@mozilla.com]
> 
> Travis Leithead wrote:
> > I still have my doubts about the magnitude of this problem,
> 
> Which problem? Clearly not all stable browsers have rolled out the ES5.1
> erratum fix whereby var ignores the prototype chain. Also clearly, WebKit-
> based browsers bind attribiutes as "own" properties. We won't know unless
> and and until all browsers take the heat we're taking.
> 
> Not sure you're taking this heat yet either!

No, we seemed to have lucked out in that regard.


> Furthermore, independent of this issue, I raised the (in hindsight
> untenable) injection of readonly attributes onto the global object or its
> prototype chain. This is just bad for backward compatibility on principle, and
> based on 16 years of experience. It's why we have [Replaceable]. So I think
> we should do something along the suggested lines (making that the default).
> 
> > but if I'm wrong then I'd at least like to be able to grandfather-in some
> legacy APIs like addEventListener (or other APIs that make sense to have a
> single shared entry point for easy monkey patching).
> 
> Is this a used use-case? There's no grandfathering if WebKit-based browsers
> and Opera have never done it.

It's an ideal we strive for, but as you say, not widely implemented...

> Are you guys using EventTarget.prototype.addEventListener = ... to affect
> window's event listening?

...just like the proposal to have everything inherit from EventTarget. IE currently mixes the API into all the relevant objects, so we're not practicing what we preach here.


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