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Putting firstPaint in the spec

From: Kang-Hao (Kenny) Lu <kennyluck@csail.mit.edu>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:26:20 +0800
Message-ID: <4F0C043C.5090503@csail.mit.edu>
To: Web Performance Working Group <public-web-perf@w3.org>
CC: Franky <qjy1111@hotmail.com>
(Writing on behalf of Franky <qjy1111@hotmail.com>)

Hello Web Performance WG,

I noticed that performance.firstPaint, now implemented only by IE and
prefixed as msFirstPaint is not yet in any of the specs produced by this
group and I am curious about the reason.

firstPaint would be very useful qa tool for me when I am doing qa work.
For example, the following classic example will delay painting in ie6
until font downloading completes:

 font-face{font-family: "new font"; src:url(xxxx)}
 .newfont {font-style : "newfont"}

Without this API, it would be difficult to detect such a problem on
specific browsers (in this example, IE6), and there are always problems
the can not be reproduced on qa machine but user environment.

As a developer that needs to face this kind of problem every day, I am
sure this API is urgently needed.

Received on Tuesday, 10 January 2012 09:26:51 UTC

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