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Notes on XML Events 2 and event names

From: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 12:38:49 -0600
Message-ID: <49245D39.60009@aptest.com>
To: XHTML WG <public-xhtml2@w3.org>

During today's meeting, we discussed various approaches to dealing with 
event naming in XML Events 2.  I was asked to summarize this 
conversation.  Here's what I think are the primary points and the 
direction we were heading:

    * DOM 3 Events is still in development, and it is risky to make XML
      Events 2 dependent upon it.
    * DOM 2 Events has all of the structures that we need for XML Events
      2 - it just does not permit the use of QNames for event names.
    * It is possible to define XE2 such that the event name is a QName,
      and that the underlying implementation is tasked with magically
      mapping that into whatever the user agent supports.  There are
      lots of good reasons to do this, but it still leaves us with a
      dependency on DOM 3 Events.  There are also lots of good reasons
      to NOT do this.  The most compelling of these (thanks Mark!) is
      that our audience is document authors, and they are not going to
      create namespace-qualified event names anyway.  Spec authors are
      going to define qualified event names, and they need to deal with
      DOM 2 for the foreseeable future anyway.
    * The group seemed to be leaning toward changing the requirement
      back to DOM 2 Events, with a note that in the future we might
      extend this to encompass DOM 3 Events but that for now event names
      would remain unqualified.

Feel free to comment or correct this summary...  You can see the details 
of the discussion at http://www.w3.org/2008/11/19-xhtml-minutes.html

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