--- Comment #19 from MZMcBride <> 2011-01-05 00:24:58 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #18)
> Has it actually been shown that the current hacks really are slow? They're 
> ugly
> hacks, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're actually slow in real
> applications. They're almost certainly comparatively slower than native string
> functions, but if the difference is only 50ms, then "faster" wouldn't be a 
> good
> argument.

Well, I suppose it depends how broadly you define "hacks." But it takes over 30
_seconds_ to render [[Barack Obama]]
largely due to the use of overblown and obnoxious templates like
[[Template:Cite]], from my understanding. I don't know of anyone who thinks
this is acceptably fast.

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