Browser APIs and Web Standards are designed in such a way that
names, if not
carefully chosen, may inadvertently pollute other objects
with extra properties. This can cause problems.
There are several steps that you, as a page author, can take to avoid these problems.
document. Instead, use fully qualified property lookups, e.g.
They are not without their problems. Most of the problems and misconceptions would become self-evident if the standards bodies were to use a test-driven approach. The current approach is Big Up Front Design with the traditional analysis-documentation-implementation phases. The APIs are designed with a waterfall approach.
Testing is informal and not part of the official process. This is something that needs to change in order to avoid unforseen pitfalls. Unfortunately, there has not been enough change in this direction and we can witness current problems with HTML 5 that build upon the mistakes of prior specifications and poor design of experimental implementations.
A test-based process could have revealed the design problem
with form-as-a-collection, as specified in HTML 5, or the issues
body event handler content attributes (e.g.
hashchange). Multiple contributors
to a test suite would make it hard for the author to ignore API design mistakes.