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Re: html5 editor responds to Canvas accessibility related bugs

From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2010 18:37:59 +0100
Cc: Oliver Hunt <oliver@apple.com>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, public-canvas-api@w3.org, public-canvas-api-request@w3.org
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To: Charles Pritchard <chuck@jumis.com>
On 2 Oct 2010, at 03:36, Charles Pritchard wrote:
>> A very simple example of how much people overlook is the character ''
> ... And ? Often, people do not need to cater to every locale.

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> There are many use cases in the U.S., where accessibility is more important than
> supporting pan-European languages.

[snip]

> Your other argument is that text editors should support "all" of the worlds languages. Nobody has that expectation.

[snip]

> Programmers get their specs from their clients. If their client only wants to support English, or some subset of languages, I don't see an issue.

The HTML WG is chartered "to ensure HTML provides effective support for internationalization" (same as it's chartered "to ensure that the deliverables will satisfy accessibility requirements").

http://www.w3.org/2007/03/HTML-WG-charter.html

The mission of the W3C's internationalization activity is "to ensure that W3C's formats and protocols are usable worldwide in all languages and in all writing systems".

http://www.w3.org/International/about

Real-world text is not hermetically sealed from other languages. Software supporting natural language entry should allow free text input in all languages as free text may include the odd word, /bon mot/, or quotation from another language.

> If I wanted IME support, I'd use <input> or <textarea>, set opacity to zero, 
> or otherwise stylize that part of text entry.
> 
> Tell me, how do I allow someone to edit text which is along a path?
> Do I wait a few years for SVG contentEditable?

Why do you think SVG contentEditable would take longer to design and implement than the necessary accessibility and internationalization features for "canvas"?

> Such attitude is in deep conflict with the open and evolving nature of the web

Designing text editing features that bar authors producing non-English content from participation would also be in conflict with the open nature of the web, would it not?

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Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
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