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Re: WebEvents-ISSUE-24: Concern about Gamepad name being unclear

From: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:50:15 -0400
Message-ID: <4E9732E7.7050901@nokia.com>
To: "ext Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Scott Graham <scottmg@google.com>
CC: Web Events Working Group WG <public-webevents@w3.org>


On 10/12/11 7:46 PM, ext Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 4:33 PM, Web Events Working Group Issue
> Tracker<sysbot+tracker@w3.org>  wrote:
>> WebEvents-ISSUE-24: Concern about Gamepad name being unclear
>>
>> http://www.w3.org/2010/webevents/track/issues/24
>>
>> Raised by: Scott Graham
>> On product:
>>
>> ap@webkit.org feels that the "Gamepad" name is unclear. We have discussed this (and evolved from "Joystick" to "Gamepad" recently) but noting this issue so that we can perhaps improve if someone thinks of a better, more descriptive name.
>>
>> (There has been some discussion on the webkit-dev mailing list, e.g. https://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2011-October/018252.html, but Alexey is not inclined to discuss with the WG, so I'm noting the issue here for reference.)
> FWIW, I think "Gamepad" is roughly the most generic-yet-informative
> name we can possibly get away with.  I don't think that AP's confusion
> in that thread will be generally shared.
>
> ("Joystick" was a somewhat confusing name, because it's either archaic
> or refers to a part of a modern controller, neither of which is what
> the API is for.)

I tend to agree with Tab that Gamepad is sufficient until such time 
there is clear and compelling reason(s) and consensus to change it.

That said, Alexy mentioned "Game Controller" and indeed wikipedia 
considers it a generic name for many "types of game controllers":

   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_controller

Anyhow, is this name issue really blocking progress in Webkit?

-AB
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