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Re: Sites using webkitAudioContext only

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:17:28 +1200
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLbu_kGvukX2aqkcTFN2Gz91YGwYmAao1ANV4=mX4XQitg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com>
Cc: Ehsan Akhgari <ehsan.akhgari@gmail.com>, Chris Rogers <crogers@google.com>, Chris Lowis <chris.lowis@bbc.co.uk>, Olivier Thereaux <Olivier.Thereaux@bbc.co.uk>, "public-audio@w3.org" <public-audio@w3.org>, Alex Russell <slightlyoff@google.com>
On Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM, Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com> wrote:

> We are open to removing the old names from Blink; however, I expect we
> will begin by offering a clean unprefixed version, and work hard at
> evangelizing to move developers over to that standards implementation; we
> can then remove the prefixed version at some point in the future (after
> doing console warnings, etc., to deprecate its usage).

The problem is that this all needs to be done very soon.

Mozilla needs to ship something soon; we're hoping to ship in a release in
about 14 weeks. If we ship only the new names then a lot of existing
content won't work, even content that authors expect should work since they
used AudioContext || webkitAudioContext, or similar. People will complain
that our implementation is broken and get the impression Web Audio doesn't
work properly in Firefox. That is very damaging and takes a long time to
recover from.

So, I'm adamant that whatever we ship needs to be compatible with where
Chrome is going to be in 3 months, at least for authors who've done
AudioContext || webkItAudioContext. So if Google can't commit to removing
the old names from AudioContext in a Chrome release by then, I think we
need to keep them. (Retaining them in webkitAudioContext may be OK.)

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