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Re: ACTION-924: canvas and SVG draft text / comments

From: Jeff Sonstein <jxsast@rit.edu>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 15:08:47 -0400
Cc: public-bpwg@w3.org
Message-Id: <2D6ED67C-1A64-4780-9A70-892C95D16182@rit.edu>
To: Eduardo Casais <casays@yahoo.com>
On Sep 3, 2009, at 2:45 PM, Eduardo Casais wrote:

>> well
>> I *do* try to point out
>> the basic decision-elements
>> SVG if you need DOM access and richness
>> Canvas if you don't
> The decision elements must be based on application
> functionality, performance issues, portability, security,
> accessibility, usability, in other words, requirements
> -- not on the features of the technology.

feel free to suggest an alternative approach to the editors...
I think what I wrote is reasonable for the average developer

>> the choice of whether to generate stuff
>> server-side or client-side
>> seems to me beyond the scope of this little section
> That is a pretty limited view of the affair.

deliberately so...
there are a lot of other factors that go into making good
"do this server-side or client-side" decisions

> The sum of these considerations would be that there are
> compelling reasons NOT to use canvas

I understand that this is your "bias"

what people are actually doing and what I was asked to write about
is choosing to use canvas instead of SVG
where that may or may not be appropriate

> To put the question in another light: what were the
> compelling reasons and use cases to include canvas
> in HTML 5

IMHO that is *way* beyond the scope of this document

canvas is real
and it is being used
so we need to address it...
whether any one of us thinks canvas or HTML5
is A Good Idea
or not


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  Shivering and sighing,
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Prof. Jeff Sonstein

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