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Re: Bug 11239

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 16:41:25 -0700
Cc: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>, public-html@w3.org
Message-id: <C65CD4D8-B21F-479A-8036-61E0B332704B@apple.com>
To: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>

Hi Jonas,

On Apr 28, 2011, at 2:46 PM, Jonas Sicking wrote:

> For what it's worth. I don't see that we'd implement this function at
> all in firefox. For a few reasons:
> 1. I don't want people to write text editors using canvas. They are
> bound to get a lot of things resulting in worse user experience for
> users. *Especially* for users that use AT.
> 2. It's not worth the engineering time needed. Weeding through the
> various platform APIs on which firefox runs to try to get at this
> information is non-trivial. The time could be spent on features that
> help users more.
> 3. It's in fact actively harmful for users since it increases
> fingerprintability. We're going through great pains to reduce
> fingerprintability, adding features that go the other way is not
> something we'd take lightly.
> So I'd prefer that the feature was just removed. If it isn't, and we
> for some reason decide that we want to claim to implement this
> function (such as it appearing in a high-profile test suite), we'd
> likely just make it return 500ms.

I wish this feedback had been given in the survey. No one made a "won't implement this" claim or an argument about fingerprintability. If you do want this aspect of the decision reconsidered, I suggest collecting any additional information you have and submitting a reopen request.

Received on Thursday, 28 April 2011 23:42:01 UTC

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