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Re: Proposition to change the prefixing policy

From: Florian Rivoal <florianr@opera.com>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2012 12:00:02 +0200
To: www-style@w3.org
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On Sat, 05 May 2012 04:12:02 +0200, Ojan Vafai <ojan@chromium.org> wrote:

> I'd rather we do the same as http headers. Any experimental feature gets  
> an
> x-prefix instead of a vendor prefix.
> [...]
>
> There's no perfect solution to this problem. But the downsides of
> x-prefixing are much milder than the downsides of vendor-prefixing IMO.

The IETF, which is the standard body that has used X- prefixes for http
headers, mail headers, and various other things, is considering moving
away from them:

http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-appsawg-xdash-05

Essntially, having a single prefix shared by everybody is no different from
having no prefixes at all, except for the fact that you end up using the x-
prefixed name forever, as the migration to the unprefixed name never
happens.

Once you have interpolatable implementations, a spec that describes the
interoperable behavior accurately, and a large body of content using the
name has been implemented, what benefit is there to any one to try and
migrate everybody over to the exact same thing named differently?

  - Florian
Received on Monday, 7 May 2012 10:00:33 GMT

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