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Re: [SVGMobile12] SVGT12-207: Requirements on copy/paste UI

From: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 00:25:20 +0100
Message-ID: <1106362033.20060126002520@w3.org>
To: www-svg@w3.org
Cc: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>

Hello www-svg,

 Ian wrote:

> The SVG Tiny 1.2 specification says:
> # For bidirectional text, the user agent must support text selection in 
> # logical order [...]
> This is an inappropriate requirement. Usability testing may discover that 
> this is not the optimal text selection mechanism, or that providing this 
> text selection mechanism causes user harm.

This requirement is nothing to do with user interface, or the actions
that are used to create a text selection, or usability.

It concerns the ordering of the characters in the text selection once it
has been created. These are required to be in logical order, rather than
(for example) visual order, so that if the text selection is pasted it
makes sense rather than being garbage.

The wording was arrived at in consultation with the I18N WG so we are
reluctant to change it, but since you have demonstrated that it is
possible to misunderstand its intent, we would consider making it
clearer that it is the selected text, not the text selection mechanism,
that is being discussed.

 Chris Lilley                    mailto:chris@w3.org
 Chair, W3C SVG Working Group
 W3C Graphics Activity Lead
 Co-Chair, W3C Hypertext CG
Received on Wednesday, 25 January 2006 23:25:20 UTC

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