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Re: feedback requested: Canvas change for improved hit testing that also facilitates accessibility

From: Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:54:12 -0500
To: Charles Pritchard <chuck@jumis.com>
Cc: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, "cyns@exchange.microsoft.com" <cyns@exchange.microsoft.com>, "david.bolter@gmail.com" <david.bolter@gmail.com>, "faulkner.steve@gmail.com" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, "franko@microsoft.com" <franko@microsoft.com>, Oliver Hunt <oliver@apple.com>, "public-canvas-api@w3.org" <public-canvas-api@w3.org>, "public-canvas-api-request@w3.org" <public-canvas-api-request@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, "public-html-a11y@w3.org" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, "public-html-request@w3.org" <public-html-request@w3.org>
Message-ID: <OFB30D0663.4705DF35-ON86257863.0072942C-86257863.0072D373@us.ibm.com>

Charles, right now the fallback content in canvas is a  black hole in
webkit and thus Safari. So, VoiceOver can't read anything in canvas without
a Ouija board. (sorry, a little humor is due)

Rich Schwerdtfeger
CTO Accessibility Software Group



From:	Charles Pritchard <chuck@jumis.com>
To:	Oliver Hunt <oliver@apple.com>
Cc:	Richard Schwerdtfeger/Austin/IBM@IBMUS, Boris Zbarsky
            <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, "cyns@exchange.microsoft.com"
            <cyns@exchange.microsoft.com>, "david.bolter@gmail.com"
            <david.bolter@gmail.com>, "faulkner.steve@gmail.com"
            <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, "franko@microsoft.com"
            <franko@microsoft.com>, "public-canvas-api@w3.org"
            <public-canvas-api@w3.org>, "public-canvas-api-request@w3.org"
            <public-canvas-api-request@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org"
            <public-html@w3.org>, "public-html-a11y@w3.org"
            <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, "public-html-request@w3.org"
            <public-html-request@w3.org>
Date:	03/30/2011 02:24 PM
Subject:	Re: feedback requested: Canvas change for improved hit testing
            that also     facilitates accessibility



Oliver,

What's your take on the VoiceOver integration with canvas?
First and foremost, we're looking to enable authors to provide more
information to accessibility software.

This is a brainstorming thread.

Ideas welcome.

On Mar 30, 2011, at 12:20 PM, Oliver Hunt <oliver@apple.com> wrote:


      On Mar 30, 2011, at 12:06 PM, Richard Schwerdtfeger wrote:



            Oliver,

            It is an attempt to simplify hit testing in canvas while at the
            same time providing a vehicle to tell an assistive technology
            the bounds of the corresponding UI object being drawn on canvas
            as represented in fallback content. Currently there is no
            mapping. These bounds are needed by screen magnifiers for
            zooming and screen readers for Braille support (earlier post).

            Now the canvas author has to manage all the hit testing. This
            is a canvas deficiency that should have been in place to start
            - so grafting seems like an inappropriate response.
            Consequently, I am also seeing canvas applications that create
            the equivalent of visio by creating separate canvas elements
            overlayed on top of another canvas to represent drawing
            objects. This is very inefficient and will get worse unless
            something is done.


      This is not a canvas deficiency -- canvas is an immediate mode
      renderer, one of the things you have to handle yourself when dealing
      with _any_ immediate mode renderer is hit detection.  This is true of
      Canvas, GDI, CG, raw component painting in Java, etc, etc

      If you want hit detection to be done for you, you want a retained
      mode renderer, such as SVG.

      --Oliver




            Rich Schwerdtfeger
            CTO Accessibility Software Group

            <graycol.gif>Oliver Hunt ---03/30/2011 12:11:53 PM---This feels
            like an attempt to graft retained mode rendering on to canvas,
            what am i missing? --Olive

            From: Oliver Hunt <oliver@apple.com>
            To: Richard Schwerdtfeger/Austin/IBM@IBMUS
            Cc: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, chuck@jumis.com,
            cyns@exchange.microsoft.com, david.bolter@gmail.com,
            faulkner.steve@gmail.com, franko@microsoft.com,
            public-canvas-api@w3.org, public-html@w3.org,
            public-html-a11y@w3.org, public-html-request@w3.org
            Date: 03/30/2011 12:11 PM
            Subject: Re: feedback requested: Canvas change for improved hit
            testing that also facilitates accessibility
            Sent by: public-canvas-api-request@w3.org





            This feels like an attempt to graft retained mode rendering on
            to canvas, what am i missing?

            --Oliver

            On Mar 30, 2011, at 8:39 AM, Richard Schwerdtfeger wrote:

                  Thanks Boris. Sorry for being a pest but I really want
                  developers to work through the issues.

                  So, you would do the following:

                  - Assign the a closed draw path to an element in fallback
                  content: setClickableRegion(element). This immediately
                  makes the association and places it at the bottom of the
                  list.
                  - Any time you draw the element it moves it to the top of
                  the list.
                  - If the fallback element is removed the association
                  would need to go away. I did not address that so I will
                  need to add that to the proposal
                  - When a pointer event (click, etc.) goes to the fallback
                  element the normal capture/bubbling event processing
                  would apply

                  Rich


                  Rich Schwerdtfeger
                  CTO Accessibility Software Group

                  <graycol.gif>Boris Zbarsky ---03/30/2011 10:05:48 AM---On
                  3/30/11 10:55 AM, Richard Schwerdtfeger wrote: > Seeing
                  as nobody has commented can we assume tha

                  From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
                  To: Richard Schwerdtfeger/Austin/IBM@IBMUS
                  Cc: public-canvas-api@w3.org, public-html@w3.org,
                  public-html-a11y@w3.org, public-html-request@w3.org,
                  chuck@jumis.com, cyns@exchange.microsoft.com,
                  david.bolter@gmail.com, faulkner.steve@gmail.com,
                  franko@microsoft.com
                  Date: 03/30/2011 10:05 AM
                  Subject: Re: feedback requested: Canvas change for
                  improved hit testing that also facilitates accessibility




                  On 3/30/11 10:55 AM, Richard Schwerdtfeger wrote:
                  > Seeing as nobody has commented can we assume that
                  developers have no
                  > problem with our totally changing the canvas 2D API to
                  support clickable
                  > regions?

                  It might just mean that people don't read their mailing
                  list spam every
                  few hours.

                  >From reading over your proposal, I'm not sure I follow
                  how it would
                  behave in the face of DOM mutations (e.g. elements being
                  removed from
                  the fallback content).

                  Or put another way, once you draw, you're permanently
                  attaching some
                  element to the canvas, right? Or is that not the
                  proposal?

                  -Boris






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