How does new CSS get into browsers?

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If you have been do­ing web devel­op­ment for a few years, you may be un­der the im­pres­sion that new fea­tures take a very long time to get into our browsers and there­fore there is no point look­ing at fea­tures with lit­tle browser sup­port. Things have changed and the time that it takes for a new fea­ture to be de­signed and im­ple­mented can be very short in­deed. We saw with CSS Grid Lay­out how all the browser ven­dors shipped their im­ple­men­ta­tion within a sin­gle year; mak­ing the web plat­form in­ter­op­er­a­ble is some­thing that every­one work­ing on CSS cares about.

When it comes to adding new CSS fea­tures to browsers, we some­times won­der why one browser hasn’t added a fea­ture that oth­ers al­ready have. Ul­ti­mately, it comes down to the fact that each browser is a busi­ness with lim­ited peo­ple work­ing on browser im­ple­men­ta­tions and de­ci­sions must be made about which fea­tures to im­ple­ment next. You can help en­cour­age ven­dors to im­ple­ment new fea­tures by ac­tively demon­strat­ing a need for them. There are sev­eral ways to do this and the first is sim­ply to use the fea­ture. Browser ven­dors search the web to see how much us­age a fea­ture has when de­cid­ing what to pri­ori­tise. An­other way is to write about fea­tures, even on a per­sonal blog. This shows in­ter­est from web de­vel­op­ers. You can also go to places such as the Edge De­vel­oper Feed­back site ( wpdev.user­voice.com/ fo­rums/257854-mi­crosoft-edge-de­vel­oper) or find the bug on Bugzilla for Fire­fox and Chrome and star it.

Above The CSS Ex­clu­sions fea­ture noted to have ‘no sig­nals’ from de­vel­op­ers, there­fore in­di­cat­ing lit­tle in­ter­est from the web devel­op­ment com­mu­nity.

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