4 June 2014 TC39 Meeting Notes

Boris Zbarsky bzbarsky at MIT.EDU
Thu Jun 12 05:16:30 PDT 2014

On 6/12/14, 4:53 AM, David Bruant wrote:
>> DH: Problem: people explicitly argue against better interface design
>> because it's not convenient/expressible in WebIDL.

To the extent that it's the latter, we should fix WebIDL.

To the extent that it's people just being lazy, that's just not acceptable.

Obviously we should try to make the path of least resistance be good 
interface design; WebIDL aimed at that from the start.  It doesn't help 
that the concept of "good interface design" is not universally agreed on 
and not time-invariant....

So with that in mind, we want something that will allow us to express 
existing DOM APIs (which are by and large not "good interface design" in 
various ways), something that allows us to express whatever people 
actually want to express (and we better come to some agreement about 
what that is), and a way to transition from the current WebIDL to the 
new thing with minimal pain in some way, both in terms of rewriting all 
the existing specs that use WebIDL and browser implementations that do.

This all would have been way easier 3-4 years ago when WebIDL was first 
being put together.  :(


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