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Re: contentEditable=minimal

From: Ryosuke Niwa <rniwa@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:02:07 -0700
Cc: Ben Peters <Ben.Peters@microsoft.com>, Norbert Lindenberg <w3@lindenbergsoftware.com>, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, Piotr KoszuliƄski <p.koszulinski@cksource.com>, public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
Message-id: <583C4E3E-0CF3-4581-950B-C2B3AC2EFEB5@apple.com>
To: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>

On May 27, 2014, at 1:33 AM, Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org> wrote:

> On 27/05/2014 01:47 , Ben Peters wrote:
>>> -----Original Message----- From: Robin Berjon
>>> On 26/05/2014 05:43 , Norbert Lindenberg wrote:
>>>> Were any speakers of bidirectional languages in the room when
>>>> this was discussed?
>>> 
>>> I don't know what languages the others speak. That said, my
>>> recollection was that this was presented along the lines of "we've
>>> had regular requests to support selecting text in geometric rather
>>> than logical orders".
>> 
>> I have also heard these requests from the bi-directional experts here
>> at Microsoft. A single, unbroken selection is what we're told users
>> want, and multi-selection makes this possible.
> 
> Thinking about this a little bit more: I don't imagine that the Selection API should prescribe the UI that browsers choose to support in order to select bidi text, on the contrary they should be allowed to innovate, experiment, follow various platform conventions, etc. But if we don't support multi-range selection, then only one model is possible which precludes unbroken selections.
> 
> I think that this strongly pushes in the direction of supporting multiple ranges.

I agree visual selection of bidirectional text is a problem worth solving but I don't think adding a generic multi-range selection support to the degree Gecko does is the right solution.  For starters, most of author scripts completely ignore all but the first range, and applying editing operations to a multi-range selection is a nightmare.

- R. Niwa
Received on Thursday, 5 June 2014 07:02:58 UTC

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