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Re: Vendor Prefix solutions

From: Matthew Wilcox <elvendil@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:54:25 +0000
Message-ID: <CAMCRKiL8rExM9mravSVZHq40Dv3J2szF8U968n1255mY8tOTLQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Witold Baryluk <baryluk@smp.if.uj.edu.pl>
Cc: Ernie Bello <ernie@ern.me>, www-style@w3.org
That doesn't solve the problem vendors are trying to address: poor web
developers only using one vendor prefix, meaning all the other
browsers (which are capable of the same function) don't get .

On 10 February 2012 13:05, Witold Baryluk <baryluk@smp.if.uj.edu.pl> wrote:
> On 02-10 08:19, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
>> I agree with all of you that vendor-prefix from our perspective is
>> fine and there's no *technical* problem.
>>
>> However the world isn't made of responsible web developers, those are
>> rare. So the feature is being abused - to the point where vendors are
>> about to implement -webkit- support in all browsers. That's the point
>> they feel pushed to. If that happens, standards fail.
>>
>> So the problem is "how do we stop the abuse"?
>
> I have a rather radical idea.
>
> How about introducing into prefixes their expiration?
>
>
> -webkit-2010-2012-box-shadow
>
> Which means it is valid from 2010 to 2012, and maybe few months more,
> but not anymore. If for some important reasons in this time
> standarization process doesn't finished, a w3C will vote for prolonging
> this expiration up to next 5 years.
>
> Any vendor could introduce their own ranges, but no longer than 2 years.
> This will make pressure on all parties: developers wanting to use this
> features (they will clearly see expiration date), W3C, and other
> standarization parties to do something, and vendors to work harder on
> standarization. If for some reason standarization fails, a W3C needs to
> admit that and prolonge a prefix for few more years.
>
> I know it still hard to enforce on vendors, but may be possible.
>
> There could be for example a separate clause for internal devices, like
> e-book readers, or intrantes, which could use own prefixes indefinitly
> (or with older versions of User Agents).
>
> Regards,
> Witek
>
> --
> Witold Baryluk
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