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Re: wading into the Prefix morass...

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:50:24 -0800
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-id: <147FE65B-4C9B-4B21-8638-22B066C1FD4A@apple.com>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>

On Feb 21, 2012, at 10:19 , Boris Zbarsky wrote:

> On 2/21/12 12:25 PM, David Singer wrote:
>> And a whole bunch of pages that used to work
> 
> In only one UA.

No, he asked that all vendor prefixes stop working as soon as an unprefixed version is introduced.  Every single page then has to be revised, or it's broken.  Yes, the vendors will release unprefixed support on different dates, but that just prolongs the agony and proliferates the confusion.

> 
>> What's the corresponding benefit?
> 
> To the one UA, or to the web at large?
> 
> The benefit to the latter is prevention of vendor lock-in.


Which is why insisting vendors use and evangelize vendor-specific prefixes for community-developed features *might* be a Bad Idea.

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 18:50:58 GMT

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