[whatwg] translate attribute conflicts with http://www.winktoolkit.org/documentation/symbols/HTMLElement.html#translate

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Mon Mar 26 15:17:03 PDT 2012

On Mon, 26 Mar 2012, Adam Barth wrote:
> WebKit recently implemented
> http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#attr-translate, but
> that caused us to break orange.fr on mobile:
> https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=82246
> The problem is that
> http://www.winktoolkit.org/documentation/symbols/HTMLElement.html#translate
> has a the following code:
> if (wink.isUndefined(HTMLElement.prototype.translate))
>     HTMLElement.prototype.translate = HTMLElement.prototype.winkTranslate;
> The web site expects HTMLElement.prototype.translate to be Wink's
> translate function rather than the HTML translate attribute.
> Would it make sense to change the name of the translate attribute to 
> avoid this conflict?  Should we try to evangalize the Wink Toolkit to 
> change their code and everyone who uses Wink to update to the fixed 
> version?

How widely used is it? (In particular, how widely used is .translate() 
rather than .winkTranslate()?)

I don't mind changing the name, but it's unclear that there's a better 
name out there. It would be unfortunate to have to reserve the use of a 
name as generic as "translate" for a particular library.

In any case we should definitely ask Wink to avoid unprefixed names. 
That's asking for trouble.

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