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How Chrome Status Communicates with Web Developers

Chrome Status is the first level of communication with the web development community about new web platform and related features. Its audience is not, as many believe, exclusively Chromium engineers.

Summary

Provide one or two complete sentences explaining the feature to web developers followed by one or two sentences explaining either how it helps web developers or how it improves the web platform. Do this even if it seems obvious to you.

  • Use complete sentences.
  • Exclude returns in the text. They will not be shown in some views.

Tips:

  • Omit needless words. This is from "The Elements of Style". Most people have words in their writing that can be removed without affecting comprehension or meaning.
  • Do not take shortcuts at the cost of clarity. If you cut so many words the meaning is obscured, then you have gone too far in omitting needless words. This is also from "The Elements of Style."
  • If you absolutely, positively cannot describe your feature in the space required, continue the description in the comments box.

Chromium Status

Behind a flag—Applies to one of two conditions.

  • The flag is listed in chrome://flags AND it is disabled by default.
  • The flag is listed in chrome://flags with a value of 'default' and is disabled by default somewhere in the compiled code.

Additionally:

  • Origin trials have their own labels.
  • This does NOT apply to Finch or test flags.
Enabled by default—Applies to one of three conditions.
  • There is no flag in chrome://flags because the feature is available to all users.
  • The flag is listed in chrome://flags AND it is enabled by default.
  • The flag is listed in chrome://flags with a value of 'default' and is enabled by default somewhere in the compiled code.
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