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Re: Bug 11239

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 22:27:32 +1200
Message-ID: <BANLkTikn5Yy6BUxqxc37M-BxXzgMsnZ-wQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Cc: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, public-html@w3.org, public-html-a11y@w3.org, public-canvas-api@w3.org, paulc@microsoft.com, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 7:03 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com> wrote:

> It seems that you agree with inclusion of such a list in the spec. However,
> I hope that you (and Tab) will agree that it is not something required by
> the decision. Therefore, it seems reasonably to pursue this advice
> separately. There is at least some concern about it. So better not to mix it
> in with the decision diff itself.
>

Yes, I agree.

The inappropriateness of <canvas> for text editing bears directly on bug
11239, though. It was filed as:

> Per Issue 74, we need an API that will let a magnifer be notified of caret
> screen location changes in response to editable text form elements in the
> Canvas DOM sub tree.
>
So the change proposal is trying to improve the accessibility of
canvas-based text editors. However, a much better way to address the problem
of canvas text editors not being accessible --- and being broken in many
other ways --- is to discourage authors from building them in the first
place. Providing partial APIs to support canvas-based text editing
encourages authors down the wrong path.

I suppose an alternative Change Proposal to that effect was needed before
the WG decision was made, and it's too late now. I apologize for missing the
boat.

Rob
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