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Re: Thread-Safe DOM // was Re: do not deprecate synchronous XMLHttpRequest

From: David Rajchenbach-Teller <dteller@mozilla.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:34:14 +0100
Message-ID: <54DC81A6.1090601@mozilla.com>
To: Marc Fawzi <marc.fawzi@gmail.com>, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
CC: public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
On 12/02/15 03:45, Marc Fawzi wrote:
> this "backward compatibility" stuff is making me think that the web is
> built upon the axiom that we will never start over and we must keep
> piling up new features and principles on top of the old ones
> this has worked so far, miraculously and not without overhead, but I can
> only assume that it's at the cost of growing complexity in the browser
> codebase. I'm sure you have to manage a ton of code that has to do with
> old features and old ideas...
> how long can this be sustained? forever? what is the point in time where
> the business of retaining backward compatibility becomes a huge nightmare?

As a side-note, the original thread is a good illustration of what
happens whenever browser vendors attempt to deprecate features that are
clearly broken by design.


David Rajchenbach-Teller, PhD
 Performance Team, Mozilla

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