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Re: Proposition to change the prefixing policy

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Sat, 05 May 2012 15:18:58 -0700
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-id: <2433F6D2-ED40-467D-9F5C-DEA5BC498769@apple.com>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>

On May 5, 2012, at 6:18 AM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU> wrote:

> On 5/5/12 6:20 AM, Daniel Glazman wrote:
>> Florian, I think your proposal has one flaw only but that's a pretty
>> big one... We introduced prefixes originally to be able to have preview
>> implementations potentially differing from the final spec and
>> implementations.
> 
> 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.

If offering functionality to content authors was gated on getting a spec to CR, that would be a huge handicap for the Web platform compared to proprietary platforms. Thus, I don't think your proposal would be a good idea even if it was possible to get everyone to agree.

If unprefixing happened much sooner than CR, then your proposal might be more reasonable, depending on the specific bar for unprefixing.

While polycentric innovation has some costs, I believe it is superior to the available alternatives.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:19:24 GMT

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