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Re: DOM3 Events last call comment

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 19:38:28 -0400
Message-ID: <4CC0CEF4.5060508@w3.org>
To: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
CC: Garrett Smith <dhtmlkitchen@gmail.com>, Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>, Steven Pemberton <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl>, www-dom@w3.org
Hi, Jonas-

Jonas Sicking wrote (on 10/21/10 7:09 PM):
> On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 3:53 PM, Doug Schepers<schepers@w3.org>  wrote:
>>  * mobile Web wasn't really here yet, and Web developers were focused only on
>>  the traditional desktop WIMP
>
> I assume that you are referring to the fact that mobile introduced
> activate-through-touch here?
>
> However click vs. activate was an issue long before mobile or touch.
> As long as the web platform has existed we've had
> activate-through-keyboard as well as activate-through-mouse.
>
> So I don't think the above was a contributor.

No, I'm saying that when DOMActivate was first specced, in 1999-2000, 
there wasn't a clean mobile-web model or significant use of inputs other 
than keyboard and mouse, so click seemed to serve content authors just 
as well as DOMActivate... they didn't need to think as much about an 
abstraction that covered keyboard, mouse, touch inputs, voice, and 
whatever, equally well.

That dynamic has since shifted, and there is more need for an activation 
event... just not necessarily DOMActivate, because of the other problems 
with it.


Regards-
-Doug Schepers
W3C Team Contact, SVG and WebApps WGs
Received on Thursday, 21 October 2010 23:38:34 GMT

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