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RE: DOM3 Events - additional editing help to move the spec forward

From: Travis Leithead <travis.leithead@microsoft.com>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 20:08:02 +0000
To: 'public-webapps' <public-webapps@w3.org>
CC: "'www-dom@w3.org'" <www-dom@w3.org>, "Philippe Le Hegaret (plh@w3.org)" <plh@w3.org>, Jacob Rossi <Jacob.Rossi@microsoft.com>, 'Doug Schepers' <schepers@w3.org>
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Travis Leithead
> Sent: Thursday, March 8, 2012 3:31 PM
> Hey folks,
> I'm joining Jacob Rossi to help work on editing the DOM L3 Events spec; I have
> some time to address some of the editorial last call comments, and I hope to
> move through them all pretty quickly.
> I know there are a variety of opinions out there regarding the DOM L3 Events
> spec, and what should be done with it. I'm going to start with the basis that it's a
> good spec. It provides a great deal of context into the event dispatch model (in
> the form of prose, versus the new algorithmic approach that has been popular
> since the HTML5 spec first hit the scene). It also describes basic concepts such as
> default actions and their effect on cancelable events, trusted events, etc., for
> which having a central reference is quite informative. In addition to the common
> event types, it also defines the elusive KeyboardEvent, a hallmark of this spec
> since the beginning.
> This spec is certainly aging. It's one of the oldest specs that is still in active
> development. I can see working drafts of DOM Level 3 events dating back to
> September 1st, 2000 [1]. Many, many folks have contributed to, reviewed, and
> provided feedback on this spec along the way. With the relatively youthful
> DOM4 spec poised to take the torch for the next round of DOM event
> functionality, I'd prefer to close up any lingering issues with DOM L3 Events, get
> it done (to Recommendation status), and turn my attention to DOM4. Getting
> DOM L3 Events to Rec is a very important milestone for UAs and
> implementations like IE, that have made a commitment to supporting this spec,
> have an existing implementation, and need a stable reference specification for
> our customers and partners.
> To support the goal of finishing DOM Level 3 Events (in light of the current work
> happening in DOM4), I'm jumping in to help Jacob finish addressing last call
> comments. I've interested in ensuring that the concepts and normative
> requirements of DOM Level 3 Events do not conflict with the existing model
> described in DOM4. In this way, I think DOM4 will be a natural succession from
> DOM Level 3 Events and will add to the richness of the eventing platform on the
> web.
> I've already made a few changes to the spec in regard to some existing last call
> comments [2]. I'm not done. I'll be officially working through bugs filed in the
> "DOM3 Events" component of the W3C Bug Tracker [3], and will be moving
> other issues from Tracker [4] into that system to make my life easier. Please file
> new comments as bugs, and I'll follow up there.

Quick follow-up:
To my knowledge all remaining Tracker issues and other feedback previously sent to Jacob have now been resolved in the Bugzilla component for DOM3 Events save one last issue. I'm currently working through the final issue (accessibility feedback) but didn't want to wait until that was resolved before sending this mail. The spec has been dramatically updated in the past 3 months, and should now be quite nicely aligned with DOM4's Events section.

My plan, as mentioned at the March F2F meeting, is to resolve the last issue, then ask the chairs to start the LC process for this spec, with advancement to CR hopefully following soon thereafter.

This is not yet an official last call, but if you'd like to re-read the spec and provide additional feedback--this is a good time to do it. Also, if for some reason I missed responding to your previously written feedback, please re-send it or file a bug directly.

DOM3 Events (Ed. Draft) http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/DOM-Level-3-Events/html/DOM3-Events.html
DOM4 Events section (WD) http://www.w3.org/TR/dom/#events

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