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Re: Proposal: Input Method Editor API

From: 坊野 博典 <hbono@google.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2010 18:41:15 +0900
Message-ID: <AANLkTimrzG-jQ0M5P1k_WnCPk4gpNrJEe2u0DFoxi60o@mail.gmail.com>
To: Masayuki Nakano <masayuki@d-toybox.com>
Cc: www-international@w3.org

Thank you so much for your feedback.
I have once thought a similar idea of adding an InputContext()
function to an Element interface and retrieve the input context from
an element as listed in the following snippet.

 var element = document.getElementById('test');
 var context = element.getInputContext(); // or

Nevertheless, I'm not sure we can implement such interface on all
major user-agents. (I think we can implement this idea on WebKit.)
Would it be possible to give me whether we can implement such
InputContext interface on Firefox?


Hironori Bono
E-mail: hbono@google.com

On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 2:19 PM, Masayuki Nakano <masayuki@d-toybox.com> wrote:
> Sorry for the delay.
> The text-decoration-style property is updated in the latest working draft.
> The dot-dash and dot-dot-dash are dropped, they aren't also needed by IME composition rendering. So, you can drop these values from your proposal.
> I have some concern. On Win/Mac/Linux, if web browsers hoped, they could implement multiple IME context for every editors. So, InputMethodManager isn't useful on such browsers.
> So, I think that all editable elements should have "InputMethodContext" property and it should have composition, setEnable() and etc. Then, your proposal doesn't make any limitation of implementation of browsers.
>> void setEnable(in Node node, in boolean enable);
> The result should be boolean. On the current proposal, web developers cannot check whether it succeeded or not.
>> The setOpenState() method
>> [NOTE:
>> do we need to notice this event to JavaScript IMEs? If so, what is the best option?]
> Yes, I think so. I think that there should be an interface for Javascript IME. When it's registered to a context, web browser should disables native IME.
>> The hasComposition() method
>> Returns true when the hosting user-agent is composing text. [NOTE: this function is
>> just copied from the one of WebKit to hear opinions of developers of JavaScript-based
>> IMEs.]
> I think that JS-IME developers doesn't need to know whether there is a native composition or not. When JS-IME is enabled, web browsers should kill native IME on the context.
>> The setComposition() method
>> Updates the composition information of the hosting user-agent.
>> When a JavaScript-based IME starts a composition, it MUST call this function with the
>> appropriate composition information. When a JavaScript-based IME cancels an ongoing
>> composition, it MUST call this function wiith a composition object whose text is empty.
>> [NOTE: this function is just copied from the one of WebKit to hear opinions of developers
>> of JavaScript-based IMEs.]
> So, I think that this is go away to another interface which is for JS-IME.
>> The confirmComposition() method
>> Finishes the ongoing composition of the hosting user-agent. [NOTE: this function is
>> just copied from the one of WebKit to hear opinions of developers of JavaScript-based
>> IMEs.]
> When JS-IME is registered, this should be done automatically, I think. But for web developers, I think this method is needed.
> On 2010/09/27 12:46, Hironori Bono (坊野 博典) wrote:
>> Greetings,
>> Thank you so much for all of your feedbacks. I have published an
>> updated proposal to the URL below:
>>   http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B8eVDHQ9_22-ZWJmNzE2YzYtNTYwNC00ZDM3LThkODgtZjc5ODI1Zjg4ZDhm&hl=en&authkey=CMPx4qQG
>> This proposal does not only apply your comments (such as removing the
>> Candidate interface), but also added some experimental functions that
>> allows web-application developers to change the composition data owned
>> by user agents, i.e. functions that help developers implement IMEs.
>> (These functions are just copied from the IME functions of WebKit.
>> Therefore, it is definitely helpful to give me your feedbacks.)
>> Even though I thought I have applied all of your comments, I might
>> forget applying some. Please feel free to shoot me if I forgot
>> applying your comments.
>> Thank you again for your interest in advance.
>> Regards,
>> Hironori Bono
>> E-mail: hbono@google.com
> --
> Masayuki Nakano <masayuki@d-toybox.com>
> Manager, Internationalization, Mozilla Japan.
Received on Thursday, 7 October 2010 09:41:46 UTC

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