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> It seems that everything requires jQuery these days

And there's your answer: The "cost" of depending on jQuery is small since so many things depend on it that most potential users probably already pull it in.

That's true, I guess. I just don't think you should include large dependencies if you can easily avoid them.

It really doesn't matter, if you use a version of jQuery that is likely to already be cached (like the ones hosted at Google Code).

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