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Re: CSS Variables

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2011 12:44:19 -0500
Message-ID: <4D52D273.4030309@mit.edu>
To: Sylvain Galineau <sylvaing@microsoft.com>
CC: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On 2/9/11 12:37 PM, Sylvain Galineau wrote:
> So what I am missing is that these do not make it into public releases,
> Betas and other bits generally downloaded by large populations so that
> web authors cannot rely on them in their pages ?

Correct.  That's why Tab mentioned putting it into the dev channel, but 
not the beta channel for Chrome.

> In the case of IE, Previews are actually downloaded by large samples
> but I'd assume they qualify since they have no chrome and really
> targeted at developers.

Seems reasonable.

> What would be the vehicle for Firefox ?

Nightly builds.

> I'm still not quite sure I like the idea of releasing experimental features
> completely unmarked as such - i.e. they look, smell and act like 'real'
> features - and then pull them out later. I would suggest some kind of
> explicit opt-in in the stylesheet letting the author declare 'yes, turn
> on the experimental stuff for browser X'. At a minimum it'd help spot the
> problem when such pages make it to the public web and someone reports a bug
> against them (you can count on that happening).

Sure; that seems like a problem for the particular UA doing the 
experimenting, to be solved however it wishes, right?

-Boris
Received on Wednesday, 9 February 2011 17:45:23 GMT

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