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Re: [comment] XMLHttpRequest Object - Address Extensibility

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 11:04:59 +0200
To: "Brad Fults" <bfults@gmail.com>
Cc: "Web APIs WG (public)" <public-webapi@w3.org>
Message-ID: <l3sj42ll3r9vv5teurqls0pp7ik7a66bih@hive.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>

* Brad Fults wrote:
>> This is very silly, the VendorMember scheme is entirely stupid, it's
>> completely useless for authors, we can't do anything with it, and is much
>> worse than simple invented terms that eventually get standardised.
>Completely agreed. This is how we get ridiculous code like:
>if (obj.MozFoo)
>  obj.MozFoo = 0.7;
>else if (obj.WebkitFoo)
>  obj.WebkitFoo = 0.7;
>else if (window.opera) // because Opera creates stubs for obj.*Foo
>just to drive us insane
>  obj.OperaFoo = 0.7
>  try { obj.Foo = 70; } // ugh IE
>  catch (e) { alert("No idea what's going on!"); }

Of course, allowing vendors to use member names as they please does not
prevent this is in way, and not doing the above is what us gives names
like .weWouldHaveLikedFooButEveryBrowserDoesTheirOwnSillyThingWithFoo().
Poorly written code fragments such as the one above don't bring this
discussion forward much.

>Agreed. Also, I think the "what if someone uses a good property name
>for a lame implementation" isn't as much of a concern because we're
>talking about major browser vendors, not any random paster.

Oh my...
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