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Re: WebEvents-ISSUE-24: Concern about Gamepad name being unclear

From: Scott Graham <scottmg@google.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:19:51 -0700
Message-ID: <CANHK6RbDoFA11LQN9SZiP7spcdJvMzCSrOBXVFigHPbN0_=YKQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>
Cc: "ext Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Web Events Working Group WG <public-webevents@w3.org>
> I tend to agree with Tab that Gamepad is sufficient until such time there is
> clear and compelling reason(s) and consensus to change it.

That sounds good to me as well.

> That said, Alexy mentioned "Game Controller" and indeed wikipedia considers
> it a generic name for many "types of game controllers":
>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_controller

Yes, I think that would also be a reasonable name. In the Sept 20th
meeting, the consensus was that calling it GameController invited too
much generality and lead the spec into areas that we did not want to
be involved in. On that basis, I think we should stick with Gamepad.
I'm happy to discuss on next week's call or here if anyone has further
thoughts of course.

For the time being, I've tried to clarify and make more explicit the
Scope section of the gamepad draft spec, by explaining that the goal
is to explicitly support gamepads, and then for free, gain support for
other devices that have similar features.

> Anyhow, is this name issue really blocking progress in Webkit?

I think settling on a name may be a blocking concern for a stable,
non-vendor-prefixed shipping feature, but that's a long while off. I
don't believe there's any practical reason it should block feature
prototyping in WebKit for now.

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