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Re: [css3-images] Changing the angles in gradients

From: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 11:53:43 -0700
Message-Id: <D939DE83-9A29-4150-9DA7-7023BD07A93B@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style list <www-style@w3.org>, Robert O'Callahan <rocallahan@gmail.com>, Simon Fraser <smfr@me.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
On May 18, 2011, at 11:20 AM, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:16 AM, Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On May 18, 2011, at 11:09 AM, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> You presented it as a change you were leaning towards making, and as though there would be no problems with making such a radical change now. That's biased.
>>> There is no real problem.  All current implementations are
>>> experimental by definition.  If pages break, they should be
>>> maintained.  Keeping people aware that prefixed stuff may break is a
>>> good thing.  ^_^
>> Maintained how? I don't mind maintaining the CSS in my site when there are changes to the experimental properties and values. But the only thing I can do once this change is made in a UA is to remove all instances of linear-gradient from my site for that UA, and then wait a year or more for the people who use the older version to drop to inconsequential numbers.
> That's why, as I mentioned later in the email you're quoting, browsers
> are free to keep their current prefixed impls stable and only make the
> switch when they drop the prefix.  I believe Firefox has this as a
> general policy, for example, which is why they still use an older
> gradient syntax that allowed an explicit starting position for linear
> gradients.

So you are anticipating Chrome and Firefox wouldnt change until the prefix is dropped, that I would write my stylesheets with a list of prefixed versions followed by an unprefixed version having a different value? Because that's more intuitive and will lead to fewer author mistakes? Really?

And if Safari changes right away, while Chrome waits until CR, then which value do I use for my Webkit prefixed version. 

One of the reasons for having experimental properties and values is to gain author experience in the wild. This will have an opposite effect. 
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