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Re: CfC: Adopt ISSUE-105 canvas-usemap Change Proposal to add usemap attribute to the canvas element

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2010 22:14:25 +0000 (UTC)
To: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1006242205400.12296@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Thu, 24 Jun 2010, Aryeh Gregor wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 4:10 AM, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:
> > It should also be noted that the change proposal does not give enough 
> > detail for the spec to be edited to address the proposal. Merely 
> > making the "usemap" attribute legal on <canvas> doesn't do anything to 
> > make usemap="" actually work on <canvas>.
> If this were true, it would invalidate the original Change Proposal, if 
> I understand correctly.  However, I looked at the spec for usemap and 
> didn't see anything that looked ambiguous.  What's an example sentence 
> in the spec that you don't think can be changed unambiguously based on 
> just "Add the usemap attribute to the canvas element"?  You'd have to 
> update the image map processing model too, but I don't see anything 
> where it would be unclear how to change it to get it to work as 
> expected.

My point was just that the actual changes are far greater in scope than 
the text in the change proposal might suggest, which I think is a bit 
misleading. Following the change proposal to the letter wouldn't leave the 
spec in a consistent or useful state; normally, the chairs insist on 
excessive detail (for example, see what Sam has been asking of Henri with 
respect to the ASCII reference!). It seems very inconsistent of the 
chairs, and in this case Sam in particular, to allow a single sentence 
here despite this needed changes to multiple sections, including normative 
changes to a processing model, multiple indexes, and the IDL requirements, 
when a trivial issue such as what reference one should have for ASCII, of 
all things, requires detailed and explicit text.

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