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Re: Shrinking existing libraries as a goal

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Sun, 20 May 2012 13:19:42 +0200
To: public-webapps@w3.org, "Yehuda Katz" <wycats@gmail.com>
Message-ID: <op.weltq4tzwxe0ny@widsith-3.local>
On Wed, 16 May 2012 06:32:51 +0200, Yehuda Katz <wycats@gmail.com> wrote:

> In the past year or so, I've participated in a number of threads that  
> were implicitly about adding features to browsers that would shrink the
> size of existing libraries.
> Inevitably, those discussions end up litigating whether making it easier
> for jQuery (or some other library) to do the task is a good idea in the
> first place.

I think allowing libraries to shrink is a priori a good idea. The details  
become particuarly devilish when the impact of a proposed change is  
unevenly distributed, making things easier for some and harder for others.

> While those discussions are extremely useful, I feel it would be useful  
> for a group to focus on proposals that would shrink the size of existing
> libraries with the implicit assumption that it was a good idea.

 From a webapps perspective that would be very useful if it led to better  
feedback on (or ideally more tests for) specs in development.

> If there is a strong reason that people feel that a focused effort to
> identify ways to shrink existing popular libraries in new browsers would  
> be a bad idea, I'd be very interested to hear it.

No, having a group who *do* this sounds fine. Looking forward to the  


Charles 'chaals' McCathieNevile  Opera Software, Standards Group
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