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Re: [WebIDL] Remove string constants

From: James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:18:13 +0200
Message-ID: <4E9FD945.6070102@opera.com>
To: public-script-coord@w3.org
On 10/20/2011 07:26 AM, Jonas Sicking wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM, Anne van Kesteren<annevk@opera.com>  wrote:
>> Strings are intrinsically meaningful and therefore have no need for
>> constants in APIs for the platform. See XMLHttpRequest.responseType and the
>> <canvas>  2D API for examples. We should remove string constants so people
>> (e.g. public-web-perf) will not use them and introduce inconsistent APIs.

> However, there still is an argument for the constant, which is that it
> enables feature detection.

The other argument is that they make it easier to implement an IDE with 
code completion. I don't know if this is enough to make up for the fact 
that they are long and ugly.

A third argument is that it is well known that constants are always 
uppercase so one doesn't need to remember whether it is "2d" or "2D".
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