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[Bug 19803] "Fingerprint" is unclear

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Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2012 10:13:12 +0000
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--- Comment #3 from Jussi Kalliokoski <jussi.kalliokoski@gmail.com> ---
(In reply to comment #2)
> I think most DAW software just uses the index offset and the device name to
> guess; that's all you get in Windows.  This is why I'm suggesting maybe we
> should simply remove fingerprint.

That's incorrect. Through the Windows' MIDI APIs, sure, that's all you get, but
you can get more information about the device via other APIs. I don't think we
should make our design choices based on what the Windows MIDI APIs (ie. the
lowest common denominator) provide us, especially since there are ways to get
around these limitations, they're just not very convenient.  I don't want our
API to be as annoying to use as the Windows MIDI APIs.

A native application designer can go and get this information about the devices
themselves to improve the user experience, a web application designer can't. I
think it's imperative that we provide features like this from the v1 to provide
the developers with the tools to design the best user experience possible.

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