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From "Andy Schwartz (Created) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (TRINIDAD-2235) Skinning: stable names for generated style sheets
Date Tue, 06 Mar 2012 14:55:57 GMT
Skinning: stable names for generated style sheets

                 Key: TRINIDAD-2235
             Project: MyFaces Trinidad
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Skinning
            Reporter: Andy Schwartz
            Assignee: Andy Schwartz
            Priority: Minor

For this recently logged Trinidad issue:

TRINIDAD-2234 Pregeneration of skin style sheets

We plan to add a skin pregeneration feature in order to support cases where skin style sheets
are hosted on a separate host/domain (eg. CDN use cases).

One issue with this is that the names of the generated style sheet files are not produced
in a stable manner.

For example, a skin that contains the following locale-specific definition:

  @locale ja, cz, ko { ... }

May share a generated .css file across Japanese, Chinese and Korean end users.  The name of
this generated style sheet depends on which locale is specified when the style sheet is first
generated.  If the style sheet is generated in response from a request for a Korean-locale
user, the file name will include the "ko" locale token.  This file will then be shared by
Japanese, Chinese and Korean end users.  However, if the server is subsequently bounced and
the first post-bounce request is from a Japanese end user, the file will be re-generated with
the "ja" token.

As a result of this behavior, file names are not predictable across runs.  This lack of predictability
makes it difficult to determine which variants of style sheets should be pregenerated.  In
the above example, although ja/cz/ko users could/should share a single generated style sheet,
we would need to pregenerate 3 style sheets just to be sure that we can handle all possible
request orderings.  However:

a) This will result in an explosion of generated style sheets.  And...
b) This does not work well for range-based variants, such as agent versions.

A better solution would be to enhance the way that Trinidad skinning derives names for generated
style sheets.  Trinidad skinning should provide a solution where style sheet names are produced
in a predictable, stable, repeatable (after a server bounce) way.

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