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Re: Bare values read as "just this value please"

From: Jan-Ivar Bruaroey <jib@mozilla.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:16:39 -0400
Message-ID: <53DFF837.90507@mozilla.com>
To: Adam Roach <adam@nostrum.com>, Peter Thatcher <pthatcher@google.com>, Martin Thomson <martin.thomson@gmail.com>
CC: "public-media-capture@w3.org" <public-media-capture@w3.org>
On 8/4/14 4:30 PM, Adam Roach wrote:
> On 8/4/14 15:23, Jan-Ivar Bruaroey wrote:
>> I recall more apathy than discontent, and I recall no actual 
>> arguments raised. The minutes don't show anything either 
>> http://www.w3.org/2014/05/21-mediacap-minutes.html - Maybe the 
>> recording reveals something. In any case, can someone humor me and 
>> articulate a reason? 
>
> Because explicit indication is less confusing than implicit magic. If 
> we make indication of the intention stated every time, you trade on 
> the order of ten keystrokes for a massive improvement in readability.

I'm arguing for less magic. { aspectRatio: 16/9 } means just that, 
always, and never anything else. That's explicit. JS isn't a 
type-checked language so more verbose isn't always better. We win by 
making things short, simple and obvious, and by making the simple, short 
and obvious thing work.

.: Jan-Ivar :.
Received on Monday, 4 August 2014 21:17:08 UTC

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