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Tab In SVG1.2

From: Doug Schepers <doug@schepers.cc>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 17:12:55 -0500
To: <www-svg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20041206221258.2D6DB13D8C6@sack.dreamhost.com>

Hi, WG-

Tab is a funny key. In an authoring context, it means, "insert &#9;". In a
UA context, it means, "navigate to the next control." Since SVG 1.2 will
have both UA and authoring aspects (i.e. text input events via the
'editable' attribute), there might be some issue as to whether a tab would
indicate inserting a set of spaces, a tab, or navigation away from that text
field. Traditional Web UI practice would indicate that it should always
navigate away from that control/element. I think it should be explicitly
mentioned in the Spec, to clarify matters.

Also, in the most recent WD:

| 15.1.2 Navigation
| System-dependent input facilities (e.g., the tab key on most 
| desktop computers) should be supported to allow navigation 
| between elements that can obtain focus (ie. elements for 
| which the value of the focusable property evaluates to "true").  

I think this "should" should be a "must". Otherwise, there is no guaranteed
mechanism for utilizing the nav-index feature.

Received on Monday, 6 December 2004 22:13:01 UTC

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