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Re: New browser controls and an API for using them

From: Sylvain Hellegouarch <sh@defuze.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 22:57:37 +0100
Message-ID: <1134079057.4398ac5137c39@webmail.defuze.org>
To: kenny heaton <kennyheaton@gmail.com>
Cc: public-webapi@w3.org

Hello everyone,

I've tried to give some of my views in a blog entry yesterday. If anyone is
interested :)


- Sylvain

Selon kenny heaton <kennyheaton@gmail.com>:

> Hello,
> This idea came up in another discussion
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webapi/2005Nov/0045.html
> and I thought I would start it's own thread.
> For use with web applications, should there be new controls added to
> web browsers tool bars, and a scripting API that allows web developers
> to tie into them?
> The advantages of this would be that common buttons and controls that
> are normally expected in application, such as undo/cut/copy/paste,
> could exist in web application as well. A developer could define these
> in the application itself (as apposed to in the browser), but giving
> them a home in the browser means they will be consistent and will be
> where the user expects them to be. They can also have there own
> browser defined key board short cuts adding to usability and
> accessibility.
> If this is a good idea it raises a lot of other questions: Should
> there be a pre-defined set of controls, or should trusted web
> developers be able to define there own? How should security be
> handled? Should this be done with a API as a part of the window
> object? Possibly an event model where there are onundo, oncut, onpaste
> events the developer can catch? Or should this be part of the
> "Specification of a declarative format for applications and user
> interfaces" that the Web Application Formats Working Group is
> chartered with?
> Any thoughts or ideas on this?
> Kenny

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