[webkit-dev] Supporting css ime-mode property

David Hyatt hyatt at apple.com
Mon Oct 4 21:54:54 PDT 2010

On Oct 4, 2010, at 10:49 PM, Simon Fraser wrote:

> On Oct 4, 2010, at 6:59 PM, Kenichi Ishibashi wrote:
>> I'd like to implement CSS ime-mode property, which
>> activates/deactivates input methods, to WebKit. Here is the MDC's
>> document about this property:
>> https://developer.mozilla.org/en/CSS/ime-mode
>> This property is not a part of any public standard, but both of IE and
>> Firefox support this property. Like Safari and Chrome, they are widely
>> used browsers so the ime-mode property is frequently used when one
>> wants to control input methods. So, if WebKit supports this property,
>> it would improve compatibility of web pages and make web developers
>> easier to implement their pages and services.
>> I recently posted a patch to support the ime-mode property for mac
>> (See https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=21279), but alexey asked
>> me to discuss at WHATWG mailing list whether we really should
>> implement this property. Before going to WATWG, I'd like to ask
>> opinions from webkit-dev mailing list.
> CSS properties should be discussed on www-style, not what-wg.

If it helps with WinIE compatibility, I have no real objection to adding the property.  I do find it unfortunate that Microsoft implemented this feature as a CSS property though.   I think it should have been done as an extension to HTML instead.  Turning off CSS shouldn't break the author's IME intent.

(hyatt at apple.com)

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