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Re: Redirects for prefixed features

From: Doug May <intuedge@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:24:50 -0700
Message-ID: <CABPs60HD51gCwW9Eg_JZPxOnkVTes2ZY9BEkrkCd8LBAT3VJHg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ryan Lane <rlane32@gmail.com>
Cc: Lea Verou <lea@w3.org>, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
It seems to me that those transitional proprietary implementations
is/are a pattern that we are likely to repeat in the future, and since
to some degree webplatform.org needs to be aware as new ones emerge,
become supported, and eventually retire (as the standards and
implementations finally converge), we should in some sense enable it
as a structural concept (and drive redirects, compatibility reporting,
docs completeness, etc. from that framework).  What I recall from
TestTheWebForward was a non-trivial framework for taking the generic
calls, swapping in all the browser variants (live build), and then
running the test suite, so we are already doing some tight coupling
around this (so we can maybe just extend or tap into what's already in

On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 5:32 PM, Ryan Lane <rlane32@gmail.com> wrote:
> There's a benefit in having these as -moz-transform, -webkit-transform, etc,
> with redirects in the wiki content. It'll redirect as wanted, but will give
> context to the user with "redirected from -webkit-transform". It's also
> possible to not redirect, but to educate users on those pages, for instance:
> "-moz-transform is a Mozilla specific... blah blah, here's a link to the
> content you are looking for"
> Things like this are usually handled on Wikimedia projects with a bot.
> There's a special permission that allows bot edits to be marked as minor by
> default, which means it can be ignored in Recent Changes and watchlists.
> That said, it likely is a relatively minor apache rewrite change, so that
> would indeed be quicker.
> On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM, Lea Verou <lea@w3.org> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I was thinking that some inexperienced authors might search for things
>> like -webkit-transform or -moz-transform instead of transform, because
>> that’s what they saw in someone else’s code and assumed it was the property
>> name. This is especially likely if they saw code from people who didn’t
>> include an unprefixed version along with their prefixed declarations.
>> MDN has redirects for these. I’m not sure if it’s manual or automatic, but
>> it looks manual.
>> I think it would be a good idea to set up redirects for these features as
>> well. If we don’t intend to ever have separate documentation for prefixed
>> features (are we going to document proprietary features?), it could be
>> automatic, with mod_rewrite rules. I can help with these.
>> Thoughts?
>> Lea Verou
>> W3C developer relations
>> http://w3.org/people/all#leahttp://lea.verou.me ✿ @leaverou
Received on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 17:25:22 UTC

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