Universal Feature Detection
davi.fol at gmail.com
Wed Apr 29 04:47:31 PDT 2009
Please forgive me if I'm polluting the list, and re-direct me if I am,
but considering that there has been so much focus on browser
'environments' (IDE's, Servers etc.) and that all of these
environments avail different features to developers, that a
universal / standard feature detection API, perhaps through a
standardised global Environment object, would be prudent.
Are there any plans to do such?
Such an object could be decoupled from vendor plug-in architectures,
perhaps even providing an interface as simple as:
[String, null], majorVersion:[Number, null], minorVersion:[Number,
null], revision:[Number, null]) : Boolean
Of course, it would be up to vendors to decide just how the method
would return true or false under certain conditions, but its not hard
to see how such an interface could be useful to detect DOM
capabilities, vendor plug-in availability or even native proprietary
features supported by an 'environment'. A universal way to detect
environmental variations would be a very useful thing, IMHO.
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