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Re: Drag and Drop API

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 12:41:57 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80909210441x67668876y9fe8c67547aceaba@mail.gmail.com>
To: James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Hi James
>Would people, particularly those who already have an implementation of this
API, consider it worthwhile to develop a cleaner alternative before we
become >
>overburdened by legacy content

good idea, if a new API is developed  can accessibility be taken into
account in terms of native keyboard accessibility and the exposure of info
to ATs?
Some protocols and formats group members have been looking into html5 drag
and drop and I think will have valuable input on the development an
accessible drag and drop API
regards
stevef
2009/9/21 James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>

> The current drag and drop API seems to be getting some very negative
> feedback from authors ([1], [2]). I understand that it has been reverse
> engineered from the IE6 API with the goal of backwards-compatibility.
> However the arguments in favour of that approach were considerably stronger
> in 2005 than they are today. Also, it has been noted [3] that the IE6
> implementation is rather crash-prone, so developers are not really free to
> use this API and expect their content to work in legacy IE.
>
> Would people, particularly those who already have an implementation of this
> API, consider it worthwhile to develop a cleaner alternative before we
> become overburdened by legacy content (I'm not really sure how much legacy
> content there is; Phillip Taylor found a lot of "stuff like <body
> ondragstart='return false'>" but I don't know about legitimate uses. Or
> walled garden content).
>
> [1] http://www.alertdebugging.com/2009/08/16/on-html-5-drag-and-drop/
> [2] http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2009/09/the_html5_drag.html
> [3] http://ln.hixie.ch/?start=1115899732&count=1
>
>


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with regards

Steve Faulkner
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Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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