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RE: [css-text] Control characters

From: Greg Whitworth <gwhit@microsoft.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:36:15 +0000
To: Jonathan Kew <jfkthame@gmail.com>, www-style <www-style@w3.org>, "robert@ocallahan.org" <robert@ocallahan.org>
Message-ID: <25a33c8b25ad402d8299caf8713c8dac@BN3PR0301MB0868.namprd03.prod.outlook.com>
> Agreed, that would be good.
> So Greg, can you comment on schedule at all?

I can't because this isn't a huge priority for us at the moment but saw the potential for the problem that Gecko hit and was hoping we could synchronize (as best as possible) when this change is made in all UAs. Now that IE on Windows 10 has flags I don't see why we couldn't all place this implementation in behind a flag and then when all of us have it there just remove it from behind the flag. I can get a rough timeline for IE to discuss at Sydney and then we can possibly target a quarter for all major UAs to have it shipped behind the flag, and subsequently shipped on by default. I also think this is a change that we should alert web developers on so that they have time to address their sites and remove any control characters that are in their markup. Because while I understand the need for this and agree with the change, the end users will not and we should allow a removal period for web devs before making their sites ugly when they currently work fine (eg: I can imagine the phone calls from clients about what the web dev did to add square boxes into the site without their approval).

Do we have agreement to discuss this at Sydney with rough timelines for having this behind a flag? And then based on that a time period target a quarter to have it ship with the it on by default.

Again, I understand that prioritization of this feature will vary by UA, especially based on the costing that's why I think it best to have this information ready for discussion at Sydney.


> How about Webkit or Blink folk?
> JK

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