[whatwg] Attitude and Direction of the WHATWG

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Mar 1 14:41:49 PST 2011

On Mon, 29 Nov 2010, Charles Pritchard wrote, in part (as, in the 
interests of making progress, I have not cited or responded to sections of 
the e-mail that did not include actionable feedback):
> On 11/27/2010 2:50 AM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > On Fri, 26 Nov 2010, Charles Pritchard wrote:
> > >
> > > I want to suggestion a reason for this impasse: the WHATWG intends 
> > > to produce a scene-graph specification. Other activities are out of 
> > > scope.
> > 
> > I'm not sure what you really mean by "scene-graph specification", so 
> > it's hard to comment on that specifically. Historically, and still 
> > today, the HTML language and its associated APIs are generally 
> > intended to primarily convey semantics (meaning, as opposed to 
> > presentation) so that they can be rendered in a media-independent way 
> > on any device.
> The HTML language has become even more semantic, less presentational, as 
> CSS+SVG profiles are enhanced.
> These three sections of the HTML5 specs seem out of scope: "Loading 
> Webpages", "Web application APIs" and "Communication"

I must admit surprise to the idea that loading webpages is not in scope of 
the spec that defines the format used for web pages. :-)

The HTML spec is primarily an API spec, describing how a DOM tree can be 
manipulated from script and how it must react to user interaction. So the 
APIs seem entirely in scope.

> Unfortunately, contenteditable is less accessible to users than it 
> should be. I'd like to see that addressed.

Could you elaborate on how it is less accessible than it should be?

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