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Re: ISSUE-30: mousewheel event

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 14:24:41 -0800
Message-Id: <EC2A1504-758B-40B8-83C0-38E159A17E8D@apple.com>
Cc: Matthew Raymond <mattraymond@earthlink.net>, Web APIs WG <public-webapi@w3.org>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>

On Feb 24, 2006, at 2:12 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:

> On Fri, 24 Feb 2006, Matthew Raymond wrote:
>> IE uses the highly device-specific name "onmousewheel". (Will just
>> "mousewheel" work in IE?) Near as I can tell, Safari supports the IE
>> name. I can't find any information about what Opera supports.
> Names are opaque, it's the definition that matters. Don't forget  
> that most
> people using this API won't even have English as their first  
> language; to
> them it doesn't matter if it's mousewheel, mousescroll, or  
> guitarjumping.
> The event 'mousewheel' is the only logical choice, since it's what has
> been most widely implemented.

I think a good name matters somewhat. But 'mousewheel', even if  
imperfect, is at least a decent name. And it is already widely  
implemented, which is a greater benefit than a slightly improved  
name. So I agree with Ian that we should stick with 'mousehweel'.

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