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Re: Official results of memeber-only vote on Selectors API name combos

From: Christophe Jolif <cjolif@ilog.fr>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 10:07:57 +0200
Message-ID: <46CA9D5D.5090108@ilog.fr>
To: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
CC: Travis Leithead <travil@windows.microsoft.com>, public-webapi@w3.org, Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>

Hi Charles & everyone,

Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> On Thu, 16 Aug 2007 19:56:59 +0200, Travis Leithead 
> <travil@windows.microsoft.com> wrote:
>> Recently, a member-only vote was held
>> to attempt (yet-again) to resolve general complaining, grumbling, etc.,
>> about the latest API names chosen for the Selectors API spec
>> I suppose a vote was the only fair and equitable thing to do.
> Well, it seemed the last best hope to stop going around this forever.
>> I suppose
>> this thread is now open to hear what the standardistas think, but
>> personally, I'd like to just put the voted name in, and get this spec
>> done ;)
> Indeed. As chair, this is a formal announcement that the decision of the 
> group is to use the name querySelector, and publish the last call draft 
> with that name. (This gives the public a chance to raise any objection 
> that they think will convince the group to open this debate and go round 
> *AGAIN* - as W3C process requires - but means that within the group the 
> issue is until then considered resolved by vote).

A small comment on the decision about the naming. Just to be 100% clear: this 
comment is not meant be an objection, indeed the last thing I want is to delay 
one more time the publication. However as I didn't participate in the pool 
(partly because I was away, but also because I didn't want to break a possible 
consensus) let me re-iterate my opinion on this. In terms of API you have to 
design them not only with the "standartitas" or "web gurus" in mind, but for a 
world of developers which includes:

- people that use DOM APIs in other languages than JavaScript (DOM API are for 
example part of the Java platform)
- people that do not have English as native language

And at least for those two categories (that I'm part of) it seems to me a 
getElementsBySelector() method would have been clearer than the other options.

Thanks for listening!
Received on Tuesday, 21 August 2007 08:08:49 UTC

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