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[whatwg] Text support in <canvas>

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2005 18:59:13 +0000
Message-ID: <436A5E01.9020907@cam.ac.uk>
Jayant Sai wrote:
> 
> The introduction of the <canvas> is a GREAT start for higher quality 
> graphics on the clientside. But whats missing is support for text 
> rendering. Text is as important an element of graphics as the drawn shapes.

Allowing text in <canvas> has serious accessibility problems. Presumably 
such text would not be resizable and encouraging authors to use 
non-resizable text in their web-apps is not a good idea. I guess there 
would also be (separate) issues with fonts; one assumes font 
substitution on a bitmap drawing would be more problematic than font 
substitution where the text is the main content.

> Also, adding text support will bring <canvas> to par with MSIE's VML.

Isn't VML substantially closer to SVG (which supports text)?


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