Haptics CSS extension proposal

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Subject:     Haptics CSS extension proposal
Date:     Fri, 11 Jun 2010 12:26:40 +0200
From:     Gronholm Kim.1 (Nokia-D/Tampere) <kim.1.gronholm@nokia.com>
To:     www-style@w3.org <www-style@w3.org>
CC:     Barstow Art (Nokia-CIC/Boston) <Art.Barstow@nokia.com>, Knoll 
Lars (Nokia-D-Qt/Oslo) <lars.knoll@nokia.com>, Oksanen Ilkka 
(Nokia-D/Espoo) <Ilkka.Oksanen@nokia.com>, Haverinen Henry 
(Nokia-D-Qt/Oslo) <henry.haverinen@nokia.com>

Hi everyone,

We have been researching tactile feedback (haptics) support for touch 
based web user interfaces, and we would like to propose the results of 
the research to be elaborated as web standards.

Tactile feedback is based on the sense of touch, for example vibrating 
the screen or giving a more realistic sense of a physical object when 
the user touches the UI.  As the physical feel of an element can be 
considered a part of its style, we're proposing to extend CSS to allow 
assigning the tactile feedback style to web elements. According to our 
studies the most convenient and natural way to specify haptic feedback 
is CSS. We also considered implementing haptics for web using WAI-ARIA 
but came to the conclusion that haptics is not (just) an accessibility 
feature although it can be used for improving accessibility as well.

So please check out our initial draft here:
and let us know if the members of the WG (or the CSS Community at large) 
are interested in contributing to the evolution of the spec.

Any comments would be most welcome and we'll be happy to answer all 

Best regards,
Kim Grönholm,

Received on Monday, 14 June 2010 08:22:07 UTC