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Re: Proposition to change the prefixing policy

From: Lea Verou <leaverou@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 05 May 2012 16:45:58 +0300
Message-ID: <4FA52F16.5070106@gmail.com>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
CC: www-style@w3.org
On 5/5/12 16:18, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> If we're talking about previews, then it seems like the right solution 
> is to not ship prefixed stuff in final releases; just keep it in 
> previews.  Yes, this has come up before.  Getting everyone to agree on 
> this and stick to it is the hard part, given the benefits defecting 
> has.  And of course authors seem to be against this approach.
>
> -Boris
>
There are several issues with this:
1. It has been mentioned in this thread that it’s against company policy 
of several implementors.
2. It defies the entire advantage that prefixes were supposed to bring: 
Getting author input for in-development features. When the feature is 
present only in a preview (or in a stable build, but behind a switch), 
the volume of author feedback declines tremendously. I believe Alex 
Russell has specific statistics of how big a decline we’re talking 
about, but I recall it’s > 90%. This would result in specs being 
developed almost blindly, detached from the reality of author needs. Do 
we want that?

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Lea Verou (http://lea.verou.me | @LeaVerou)
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