[whatwg] "Fullscreenable" attribute.

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Mon Jul 13 02:06:46 PDT 2009

On Tue, 16 Jun 2009, Alpha Omega wrote:
> I think it would be useful to add "fullscreenable" (or more refined 
> name) attribute to arbitrary element, so users could be able to 
> full-screen DOM subtrees, that document author marked as 
> "fullscreenable".
> Usage: User choses area that he wants to fullscreen, peforms UA-specific 
> action there("go to fullscreen" in context menu in desktop browsers, or 
> gesture on mobile devices for example), UA goes up in DOM tree until it 
> founds "fullscreenable" attribute, and then "fullscreens" this subtree. 
> If "fullscreenable" attribute is not found, then it is UA authors 
> decision what to do - for example fullscreen entire page.
> Use case: Not only solves problem with <video> tag, but also useful for 
> mobile UAs (users could use it to "zoom" to author defined parts, on 
> pages with complex layouts.), and for interactive webapps in general 

I think this would be an interesting idea. I haven't any idea what the UI 
would look like though. I recommend approaching vendors directly and 
getting their input and experimental implementations, as described here:


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