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Web developers should be able to build their own tools, and use them in all browsers

From: louis-rémi Babé <lrbabe@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2012 18:55:09 +0100
Message-ID: <CALXxKfB7d+9BmCRgjMpX_8_TMfZTZXuFUdXR4+KrnbV5-wYbbQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-webevents@w3.org

I noticed that you have previously removed initTouchEvent from the touch
event specification[1]. The ability to simulate events is crucial to allow
developers to create their own debugging tools or automated test tools, in
a browser indepent way.

I've recently asked on the public-geolocation list that a method to
simulate locations updates be added to the geolocation API[2]. I was
answered that this wasn't something users needed and that I had to create
an addon for a specific browser. Although I eventually succeeded,
developing this addon[3] took me 2 months because I had to wait for some
bugs to be fixed inside Firefox, and I'll never be able to develop an addon
for the other browsers out there.

I believe that it should be an aim for the w3c groups to include in their
spec some ways to simulate the behavior of the browser. This would give Web
developers the ability to build their own tools, and use them across
browsers. In most case, this is only a matter of adding a method such as
initTouchEvent to the API specification.


[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-geolocation/2011Aug/0007.html
[3] https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/geo-devtool/
Received on Thursday, 1 March 2012 17:56:00 UTC

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