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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  

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

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