[webkit-dev] Gamepad API [Was: New feature flag proposal: Joystick API]

Darin Fisher darin at chromium.org
Wed Oct 12 12:59:42 PDT 2011

Hi all,

Alexey appears to strongly dislike the name of this API specification (
http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/webevents/raw-file/default/gamepad.html), so much so
that he is blocking development of the API behind a flag.

As a reminder, this API is being developed through the WebEvents WG jointly
with other browser vendors, including Mozilla.  Folks working on this appear
to be content with the Gamepad name, precisely because the spec is limited
to dealing with input devices that are represented in terms of buttons and
axes.  Gamepad seems like a fairly canonical name for such a device, even
though devices by other names can be represented by similar data.

Does anyone else feel strongly enough that the name of the API is so bad
that it should therefore not be allowed onto WebKit trunk behind a flag?

Personally, I feel like the name is quite malleable at this point in time,
and I really like coming up with the best possible name for things.
 However, I don't see why we need to have the perfect name before we
continue development of this feature behind a flag.

As we were developing Blob and File support, we made several name changes
along the way.  It is not always so obvious how to name things from the

See this bug for reference:


On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 2:07 PM, Alexey Proskuryakov <ap at webkit.org> wrote:

> 06.10.2011, в 13:49, Scott Graham написал(а):
> The first revision of the spec (from the Scope section) is intended to
> handle:
> ... support for devices common to current gaming systems including
> gamepads, directional pads, joysticks, wheels, pedals, accelerometers.
> Why does the spec title and abstract talk about gamepads (joysticks)
> only? Perhaps it's my mistake that I didn't read the scope section, but with
> title and abstract being so specific, that seemed unnecessary.
> Skipping scope section, I went right to IDL. Why is the interface called
> Gamepad if it's not only about gamepads?
> - WBR, Alexey Proskuryakov
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