[webkit-dev] Supporting css ime-mode property

Alexey Proskuryakov ap at webkit.org
Tue Oct 5 10:38:07 PDT 2010

On 05.10.2010, at 10:12, Tony Chang wrote:

> You could argue that the web site is broken because it should be able to normalize this on the server, but that doesn't change the fact that there are lots of web sites in Japan that already try to do this.  Implementing ime-mode would improve the user experience on these sites.

Supporting existing sites is a good reason to consider implementing a feature, even though we didn't attempt to quantify how many are affected yet.

There are big questions remaining:
- Do we really want to implement an IE extension in a way that's way different from IE?
- What to do on platforms other than Mac and Windows?
- What to do with the harm from future misuse, which is more than likely, given that most (all?) suggested use cases were wrong?

Note that Mozilla documentation on ime-mode <https://developer.mozilla.org/en/CSS/ime-mode> has weird disclaimers like
"in general, it's not appropriate for a public web site to manipulate the IME mode setting. This property should be used for web applications and the like". I'm reading this as "we're now sorry that we implemented it".

- WBR, Alexey Proskuryakov

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