[whatwg] [canvas] Proposal for supportsContext

Mike Taylor miket at opera.com
Mon Sep 10 14:40:40 PDT 2012

On Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:14:30 -0500, Dean Jackson <dino at apple.com> wrote:

> To give a real world example, the popular tool Modernizr tests for the
> availability of WebGL by attempting to create a WebGL context. This can  
> happen
> even on pages that have no intention of using WebGL - an author has just
> inserted Modernizr into their page and is using it to test for another  
> feature.
> As I said, creating a context is not a free operation. In fact, on  
> shipping
> Safari (Mountain Lion) this causes us to switch to a more powerful GPU
> on systems that have two graphics processors.
> An alternative (for the WebGL case) would be to have the author test for  
> the
> presence of window.WebGLRenderingContext. However, this is not reliable.

This is actually what Modernizr does these days [1], but older versions  
did in fact create the context.


Mike Taylor
Opera Software

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