minify – Why is minify_html a dev option and is there any reason not to use it in production

The config node for minify_html sits under the developer node. Its only possible to access the developer tab in the admin when the store is in developer mode. In production mode its only possible to change the minify_html config via the command line.

Why would Magento choose to namespace minifty_html under the ‘dev’ node? Is this an option which should only be used in development and not in production?