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Re: PointerLock and Gamepad APIs

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 02:32:55 -0800
Message-ID: <CA+c2ei-Q-TWTqXdkCUY8ns+9tjM5FidMLnVghTtpKMmeCZDy7w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Darin Fisher <darin@google.com>
Cc: public-webevents@w3.org, Web Applications Working Group WG <public-webapps@w3.org>, Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>
On Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 12:04 AM, Darin Fisher <darin@google.com> wrote:
> Back in September, it was proposed to expand the charter of the WebEvents WG
> to include PointerLock (formerly known as MouseLock) and Gamepad APIs [1].
>  This seemed like a logical home for them given that both of these APIs
> pertain to input event systems.
> However, one thing that became apparent was that Apple was not willing to
> join the WebEvents WG [2].  Since we, the Chrome team at Google, work on
> WebKit alongside Apple engineers, it is a bit undesirable for us to not be
> able to work together with Apple in the WGs, which develop the specs that we
> implement in WebKit.  From an efficiency point of view, it is far easier if
> we can discuss APIs in a single forum instead of having to relay concerns
> between forums.
> I'd like to therefore propose that instead of expanding the charter of
> WebEvents to include PointerLock and Gamepad, that we instead add those APIs
> to another WG such as WebApps.  I believe they make sense in WebApps given
> the scope of work being done there and the parties involved.
> Thoughts?
> -Darin
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webevents/2011JulSep/0087.html
> [2] Recently, Apple disclosed some patents for the Touch Events
> specification
> [http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webevents/2011OctDec/0118.html],
> which is currently the only deliverable for the WebEvents WG.

I'll say something similar to Chaals, but in stronger terms:

1. It's unfortunate that the W3C patent policy can be so easily circumvented.
2. I'm totally happy to do the suggested work here in the WebApps WG.

/ Jonas
Received on Thursday, 24 November 2011 10:33:59 GMT

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