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Re: Process question re. autofocus bug status [was Re: autofocus on links is missing?]

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 20:19:23 +0000 (UTC)
To: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1202242008080.1822@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>

(This is a response in terms of how I'm editing the spec, not how the 
chairs might want the process to work.)

On Fri, 24 Feb 2012, Danny Ayers wrote:
> > 
> > Bug 13942 - Allow @autofocus on any element with @tabindex
> > https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13942
> 
> > Status: Rejected
> > Change Description: no spec change
> > Rationale: Let's see how people do with autofocus on <input> before we start
> > making it even easier to move focus around.
> 
> The implication is that the bug will be revisited at some point in the 
> future.

Some bugs I mark LATER or REMIND. LATER bugs are bugs that I think we 
should revisit after we get more implementation experience or after we've 
let the browsers (or other relevant implementors, but it's usually 
browsers) catch up to where the spec is at, and that I am keeping on my 
radar. I regularly go through these to see if their time has come (in 
fact, I was going through some earlier this very morning). REMIND bugs are 
similar but tend to be more editorial or administrative issues that are 
being delayed on the basis of prioritisation or time management and not on 
a technical basis.

If I mark the bug WONTFIX, then it's no longer on my radar. In this 
particular case, since we don't have much experience yet with 
autofocus="", it's too early to be extending the feature further (we don't 
yet know if it's a good idea that should be spread to more of the spec, a 
bad idea that we should regret and try to stamp out, or something in 
between). If it's a really important issue, it'll come up again (case in 
point: you are raising it now) -- hence my marking it WONTFIX rather than 
LATER: when I closed the bug, I figured it didn't need to stay on my radar 
as if it was something that would need to be revisited in the future, 
there was no doubt that it would be brought to my attention at an 
appropriate time.

(I don't think it's yet an appropriate time. It's only been a couple of 
months, and autofocus="" is still not yet widely implemented or used, so 
we still don't have the requisite experience to proceed.)


> So when will that be on the Milestone timeline?

I don't follow any particular timeline. When we should add features, etc, 
is based primarily on implementation and authoring experience.

HTH,
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