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From "Martin Cooper" <mart...@apache.org>
Subject Re: JS Libraries (was Re: [WebWork2] TODO)
Date Fri, 14 Apr 2006 03:54:19 GMT
On 4/12/06, Martin Cooper <martinc@apache.org> wrote:
>
> (Yeah, I'm very late catching up...)
>
> On 3/28/06, Joe Germuska <Joe@germuska.com> wrote:
>
> > >I had very bad experiences with Dojo so far, and I brought this into
> > >discussion on ww forums. I wouldn't encourage moving to Dojo, because
> > the
> > >browser support is still lacking, and from the feeling we got from
> > their ml
> > >some of the old browsers, that are still used (f.e. IE 5.5) will
> > be  missing
> > >in the next versions.
> >
> > If you believe http://thecounter.com/stats/2006/March/browser.php , IE
> > 5.5 only has 2% market share.  I wouldn't blame a project for not
> > spending a large amount of resources supporting that.
>
>
> It's not just lack of market share. IE 5.5 has some serious deficiencies
> when it comes to DHTML and DOM manipulation. So the question becomes one of
> how much effort do you want to put in to support a minimally used browser,
> and negatively impact performance on more modern browsers at the same time.
> IMHO, the Dojo folks made the right decision.
>

Important Correction: I mis-spoke here. It's not IE 5.5 that has the
problems, it's IE 5.0. And even more importantly, Dojo *does* support IE 5.5,
but does not support IE 5.0. So if anyone has been having issues with Dojo
and IE 5.5, be sure to submit bug reports via Trac, and they'll be
addressed.

--
Martin Cooper


That said, I think we should try to keep the JS libraries as
> > pluggable as possible.  But maybe it's impossible to bundle valuable
> > features and still do that -- I was really surprised at how many
> > dependencies Webwork accepted, and I'm still trying to work out for
> > myself whether that's better in the long run.  I think the Struts
> > community philosophy was very conservative about that, but it may do
> > us well to challenge that philosophy.
> >
> > Still, having roots in that philosophy, again my inclination is to
> > try to be more library agnostic.  Can that work?
>
>
> Well, in theory, yes. In practice, in the general case, I seriously doubt
> it. To really accomplish that, we'd end up building yet another custom
> abstraction. That would (a) negatively impact performance, and (b) eliminate
> the option of using certain toolkits ( e.g. Dojo) the way they were
> designed to be used, viz _without_ an abstraction layer on top of the
> browser.
>
> --
> Martin Cooper
>
>
> Joe
> >
> > --
> > Joe Germuska
> > Joe@Germuska.com * http://blog.germuska.com
> >
> > "You really can't burn anything out by trying something new, and
> > even if you can burn it out, it can be fixed.  Try something new."
> >         -- Robert Moog
> >
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