jQuery Pure project to zap code-bloat

Lea Verou

Lea wants a concise version of jQuery

Lea Verou is becoming a prominent figure on the web development landscape: she recently delivered well-received talks at the Web Directions @media and Standards.next conferences, and attracted particular attention for her impressive CSS3 gradients techniques (leaverou.me/css3patterns).

Now she wants to create a stripped-down version of jQuery which excludes all the code that deals with older browsers. The cumbersome extra code isn't needed for every project, and it makes it difficult for people to study the library for educational purposes, she says.

Verou is seeking co-conspirators to undertake this project with her. She told us: "jQuery Pure is going to be a fork of jQuery without all the workarounds for browser bugs and lack of support for modern APIs, leaving a small, concise abstraction that only uses the current standards. For example, instead of a 1400 line selector engine github.com/jquery/sizzle/blob/master/sizzle.js it will use the standard Selectors API www.w3.org/TR/selectors-api2. This will result in a huge reduction in filesize, maintaining the same external API that many plugins depend upon.

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