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RE: A List Apart: Articles: Prefix or Posthack

From: Richard Fink <rfink@readableweb.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 21:30:03 -0400
To: "'Boris Zbarsky'" <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>, "'Brad Kemper'" <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Cc: "'Tab Atkins Jr.'" <jackalmage@gmail.com>, "'Eric A. Meyer'" <eric@meyerweb.com>, 'Christoph Päper' <christoph.paeper@crissov.de>, "'www-style list'" <www-style@w3.org>
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Thursday, July 08, 2010 7:23 PM <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>:

>No, it just assumes ..................that people who
>use experimental properties know what they're doing...

That's a very bad bet, Boris. By the phrase "know what they're doing" I
assume you really mean, "the risk that they're taking". And if so, the
prefixes provide a form of defensive coding that *everybody* benefits from,
novice and master alike.
Why discourage experimentation by removing a safety net that costs so
little?

Brad Kemper wrote:

>>I'm just saying that a period of overlap would be beneficial to authors,
>>and apparently not that detrimental to UAs (such as Safari or IE).

I strongly agree.

And I'd like to add that users, too - the people who we supposedly serve as
we practice our respective trades - are great beneficiaries of the prefixes,
as well. We can *do more* for them with the prefixes in place than we can
without.

Regards,

rich

-----Original Message-----
From: www-style-request@w3.org [mailto:www-style-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Boris Zbarsky
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 7:23 PM
To: Brad Kemper
Cc: Tab Atkins Jr.; Eric A. Meyer; Christoph Päper; www-style list
Subject: Re: A List Apart: Articles: Prefix or Posthack

On 7/8/10 4:16 PM, Brad Kemper wrote:
> It seems to assume that every time I include '-moz-something' I will also
include 'something'' in anticipation of it's standardization

No, it just assumes that CSS is optional styling, and that people who 
use experimental properties know what they're doing... (e.g. not using 
them in ways where lack of support for the experimental property 
"breaks" their page).

-Boris
Received on Friday, 9 July 2010 01:30:33 GMT

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