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RE: [Feature Proposal] New attributes "library" and "version" on script tags

From: François REMY <francois.remy.dev@outlook.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:06:01 -0700
Message-ID: <DUB406-EAS167DD1D9AD39CAD78BFD7F8A5590@phx.gbl>
To: "'Chris Bojarski'" <chris@cbojar.net>, <public-html@w3.org>
Sorry, I'm strongly against this.

If the proposal is to have browsers ships libraries by default, then this is clearly a no from my point of view.

Firstly, it breaks net neutrality, and it makes it harder for new librairies to gain traction as they would require a full download while some other ones would benefit from get-go download. 

Secondly, this would slow down the adoption of new versions as people will become afraid of triggering downloads on older browsers that do not ship with the new version of the library built-in.

I thought the proposal was about making a better use of the local cache by preventing independent websites to constantly redownload the same files even if they're hosted on multiple sites, which would be possible using a digital signature system. 

That would bring you the benefits of a CDN without having a centralized CDN anyway. Librairies that are used a lot possibly gain extended cache benefits, but no library gets a special status under this umbrella.

I would support such a proposal, but not a proposal whose goal is to integrate libraries into browsers.
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