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Re: QSA, the problem with ":scope", and naming

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2011 22:31:10 -0400
Message-ID: <4E9F87EE.9040502@mit.edu>
To: public-webapps@w3.org
On 10/19/11 10:07 PM, Jonas Sicking wrote:
> I like the general idea here. And since we're changing behavior, I
> think it's a good opportunity to come up with shorter names. Naming is
> really hard. The shorter names we use, the more likely it is that
> we're going to break webpages which are messing around with the
> prototype chain

Not just the proto chain.  Every method you add on Element or Document 
will break any inline event handler attributes that happen to use that 
name as a bareword.  We had some amount of that with the "list" property 
on inputs, and that only added a property on HTMLInputElement....

Again, in this case a shorter name may make sense, but in general there 
are good reasons for not using short names all the time.

Received on Thursday, 20 October 2011 02:31:48 UTC

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