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Re: Requirements for research (Was: Dropping <input usemap="">)

From: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 10:04:53 -0500
Message-Id: <2458AE62-2020-4FAB-B925-CAD1CB7FB5A0@robburns.com>
Cc: Philip Taylor <philip@zaynar.demon.co.uk>, public-html@w3.org
To: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>


On Aug 16, 2007, at 9:55 AM, Robert Burns wrote:

>>
>> http://canvex.lazyilluminati.com/survey/2007-07-17/analyse.cgi/ 
>> index - I looked for all start tags and for all attributes on  
>> start tags.
>>
>> http://canvex.lazyilluminati.com/survey/2007-07-17/analyse.cgi/ 
>> attr/usemap is the data for <... usemap> - out of 7739 pages, <img  
>> usemap> was on 1006, <td usemap> was on 1, and usemap was not  
>> found on any other tag. (Given the sample size, that just  
>> indicates that any other usemaps are on somewhere below 0.2% of  
>> the pages from dmoz.org. I could probably look at a hundred times  
>> as many pages without too much trouble, but I'd be happier if  
>> there was a better source of 'normal' pages than dmoz.org)
>
> Understood. that's probably the hardest part of this kind of  
> research is finding a good listing of the population.
>
> In any event, it sounds like we wouldn't be breaking much content  
> if we specced <input usemap> in a slightly different way than the  
> current draft (or at least the draft before the changes were made  
> that did not reflect the views of the WG).
>

One more thing on that. It also doesn't sound fruitful to keep  
looking for authors using the feature. It should basically be treated  
as a new feature that may not degrade too gracefully, but shouldn't  
really break anything.

What I would like to explore is how the big browsers handle the  
feature now. Do you have any tools up you use to test these things? I  
still don't understand how you're saying the various browsers  
implement this. I think I'll go back and read your posts on the other  
thread to see how I can devise a test. Any thoughts would be  
appreciated.

Take care,
Rob
Received on Thursday, 16 August 2007 15:05:04 UTC

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