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Fwd: Marked addEventListenerNS and removeEventListenerNS At Risk

From: Steven Pemberton <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 15:37:22 +0200
To: "XHTML WG" <public-xhtml2@w3.org>, "Forms WG" <public-forms@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.uz81gkddsmjzpq@steven-750g>

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From: "Doug Schepers" <schepers@w3.org>
To: "www-dom@w3.org" <www-dom@w3.org>
Subject: Marked addEventListenerNS and removeEventListenerNS At Risk
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2009 23:30:48 +0200

Hi, DOM3 Events folks-

(BCC to groups potentially affected.)

I have marked addEventListenerNS and removeEventListenerNS at-risk in
the latest Editor's Draft of the DOM3 Events specification [1].  This
means that we are gathering information on whether we can safely remove
these methods from the specification.

Apparently, these are not yet implemented in desktop browsers, so there
has been a call to reexamine their inclusion in this specification.  I
personally suspect that there is not much of an implementation burden
regarding these methods, but I would welcome implementer feedback on the

I don't know how widely deployed other implementations are, nor how much
content relies on these methods.  I do note that it is supported in
Batik [2] and Inkscape, and more generally in Java implementations of
the DOM.  I believe that other W3C specifications may rely on it (XML
Events [3], maybe XForms).  Any evidence that removing these methods
  from the specification should be sent to www-dom@w3.org.

We also welcome use cases in favor of retaining or removing them.  My
inclination is to retain the namespace-aware methods, since there are
existing implementations, so evidence that removing them will be
beneficial will have to be pretty strong, but it's on the table.

Thanks for your feedback.

[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/xml-events/

-Doug Schepers
W3C Team Contact, SVG and WebApps WGs
Received on Monday, 14 September 2009 13:38:08 UTC

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