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Re: [selectors-api] What DOM feature "Selectors API" belongs to?

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:15:12 +0200
Message-ID: <487B6D80.2020502@lachy.id.au>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Cc: public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>

Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> On Mon, 14 Jul 2008 03:40:44 +0200, Lachlan Hunt 
> <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au> wrote:
>> Would it be acceptable if I defined one, but made it optional for 
>> implementers to support?  Or at least optional for ECMAScript 
>> implementations?  That way an implementation can choose to support it 
>> if feature detection is necessary for the language and there is no 
>> other way to do it.
> What's the point of making the feature string optional, exactly?

To avoid forcing implementers to bother implementing such a useless 
feature, and potentially lying about their support.  Basically, this 
should only be for languages other than ECMAScript that don't have other 
detection mechanisms available, and where the programmer isn't always in 
control of which DOM implementation is in use where the program is run. 
  (If the programmer is in control of that, then feature detection is 
useless since they can just check the documentation)

Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software
Received on Monday, 14 July 2008 15:15:54 UTC

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