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[whatwg] Canvas element

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 18:40:46 +0100
Message-ID: <4266941E.9040301@cam.ac.uk>
Dean Jackson wrote:

> I've seen the Dashboard widgets that use canvas (there isn't many of
> them). In every case it would be just as easy to use SVG, and much
> more suitable (and probably with better performance). My feeling is
> that canvas provides a worse alternative to a problem that is already
> solved by SVG (and implemented in Opera and Firefox). Or even Flash....
> and believe me it hurts to say that.

If <canvas> is so terrible, it presumably won't gain much traction. 
However it still makes sense to have a specification for it since:
a) It is relatively widely implemented (2/4 of the well known UAs) and 
specifications help ensure that the implementations don't diverge too far
b) Through specification, certain incremental improvements to concerns 
such as accessibility can be made (e.g. <canvas> as specified by the 
WHATWG allows for fallback content, which the apple implementation does not)


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