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Everything in the web technology stack has been intertwined to the point where incomplete browser support for some JavaScript API could cause a bug with any level of severity, ranging from “site is ugly” to “nothing works at all”. (And it drives me crazy when some site can’t even show me a critical button because of its fanciness.)

There needs to be more work separating a critical base set of features from the rest. There needs to be more separation of the fancy from the functional (i.e. instead of requiring some bizarre mixture of JavaScript support in order for anything to look right, you have two choices: “turn on animation support” or “turn off animation support”, or some such division).

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