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This is unfortunate because transformations are more about a new way of thinking than about any particular technology. They enable a powerful separation of content and logic from presentation, and the usefulness of this separation is important in a number of ways. As we move into the post-PC era, transformations provide one part of the answer to serving websites across a wide array of form factors.
In an industry that has no shortage of new ideas, sometimes the most useful thing is to connect new concepts with old ones to make them more digestible. That is what this article has tried to do with transformations. Hopefully, we’ve demonstrated the power of thinking in transformations, showing its relevance to anyone who works with HTML.
While designing APIs for live extensions, I decided to follow the following rules:
APIs should be simple to use.
- No tricky file formats or new HTML elements: only a small amount of knowledge related to the constructor and event handlers is required to start developing a live extension (thus, the barrier to entry should be low).