Mink Machine

On vendor prefixes

There has been a lot of discussions lately in regard to vendor prefixes. It all began when some non-webkit browser representatives were considering support of the webkit prefix during a CSS Working Group meeting earlier this week.

This created heated responses from industry veterans such as Remy Sharp, Christian Heilmann, Bruce Lawson, Eric Meyer and many more. To quote Remy Sharp, “this is bat shit crazy”.

More than a decade ago the main browsers were Internet Explorer and Netscape. Someone got the idea to implement proprietary stuff in their browser due to competition and innovation, which unfortunately fueled the problem of “this site needs X to run”. The vendors continued to add proprietary features which made interoperability jump out the window. Fortunately this got addressed with the rise of web standards after the Browser Wars.

But here we are again. The reason this time for implementing such a non-standard feature in the specification is the popularity of the webkit prefix, to some degree thanks to the rise in mobile browser usage. It seems to be increasingly common among mobile developers to use webkit properties only, which would hurt the users of non-webkit browsers.

I see no miracle fix to the problem on the horizon, but I’m sure the bright people will figure something out. Perhaps some vendors will remove support for the prefixed variants in the near future, but browser vendors are traditionally very reluctant to remove such things once they are being frequently used by the community.

Comments

No comments yet.

Post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Featured stories

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."

Wazzup in Vaduz

"Vaduz Castle is overlooking the town from a hill, a short walk from the center. It’s really a postcard view with the alps in the background, which I’m sure the prince enjoys as he sips his morning coffee while towering above his loyal subjects."

New Years Eve in Sydney

"Opera House is seen in front of the massive fireworks in the harbor area, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Harbour Bridge."

Vineyards of southern France

"Not far from Sauternes is the village of Saint-Émilion, also a famous wine region but what got me hooked was their impressive limestone caves."

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."

The sound of Salzburg

"It is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, even though I suspect she didn’t go singing alone in the mountain ranges."