Any discussion of "compact" subset for mobile devices?
toolmakersteve98 at shawstudio.com
Fri Mar 21 01:31:38 PDT 2008
"Brendan Eich" wrote:
> language for the foreseeable future. The Ecma TG1 (now TC39) group
> charged with maintaining and improving its standard ...
Just consider me to be one more voice concerned that if technically
misjudge, would cause a delay in the "improved" standard catching on. That
would be a damn shame. Or worse IMHO, it does catch on, but increases the
number of websites that aren't practical to browse from mobile devices.
> ...is not going to throw it out and require a CLR-like VM and standardized
Quite true. Let me describe this a different way. Maximal compatibility
between different platforms. If there is a subset of ES4 that is
demonstrably more compatible with certain Microsoft technologies, I would
recommend to anyone who cares that they restrict themselves to that subset.
I would also recommend to toolmakers such as Adobe that they give their
customers an option to invoke that restriction. If this subset turns out to
be powerful enough, and advantageous enough, there would then be a solid
argument to use it. As long as it validates as ES4, it would not be
non-standard. And if it turns out to have strong enough practical benefits
(including "politically" practical), there may be a strong de facto argument
for widespread adoption. At that point (if such a point is reached), I would
argue that anyone who wants to target low-end clients should so restrict
themselves in what they put on their servers.
The burden of proof is on my end. Just giving you a heads up that I have
some concerns, though those are only a gut check at this time, and plan to
make some concrete demonstrations regarding those sometime before ES4 goes
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