[whatwg] Proposal in supporting the writing of "Arabizi"

Glenn Maynard glenn at zewt.org
Sun Dec 4 20:20:58 PST 2011

On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 11:05 PM, Sami Eljabali <seljabali at gmail.com> wrote:

> By not moving IME's off OSes, you're asking every OS connecting to the
> internet to support this feature. Netbooks for example, may just have a
> native web browser on it. Would its OS then need to implement its own IME
> for a few languages for their entry? Instead its web browser could just
> support the input field, given they can render them.

Input methods are the job of the operating system, just like file access
and networking; it's a component of user input.  If a system wants to run
only a browser, it's still the *system's* responsibility to provide input
methods; they should no more be moved to browsers than should ext4 or

I can also guarantee that actual users don't want browsers to use a
different input method for complex scripts like Japanese, any more than
they want browsers to have their own built-in filesystems or networking
protocols.  They (which includes myself) want input methods to act the same
way in Firefox as they do in Office and Photoshop and terminal windows and
everything else.

Glenn Maynard

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