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Re: getting rid of callers

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:26:18 -0700
Cc: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, Cameron McCormack <cam@mcc.id.au>, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <3D751C90-1075-42FC-8382-383D0E424B79@apple.com>
To: robert@ocallahan.org

On Oct 29, 2010, at 12:54 , Robert O'Callahan wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 7:27 AM, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:
> I agree that
> if the content using this is insignificant, that we should drop the
> feature, but then why would Microsoft not want to simplify their code and
> drop it also?
> There are many possible reasons. Perhaps the feature has significant usage in IE-only arcologies. Perhaps they don't know, but they fear it might, and the risk outweighs the benefits to them of removing the feature. Perhaps they have adopted principles of never changing anything that aren't always optimal for the Web platform. Perhaps they haven't considered it at all.

I have no idea what the actual state here is, but plenty of companies have a policy of not removing features from shipping products unless it's really really necessary (e.g. a security fix), or after a *long* period of deprecation.

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Friday, 29 October 2010 20:27:08 UTC

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