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WHATWG Weekly: WHATWG goes Native!

by Shelley Powers in Weekly Review

OK, everyone: time to form a drum circle.

Kyle Huey proposed a new method, toBlob, on Canvas. This method would have the same functionality as Mozilla's non-standard mozGetAsFile, and would retrieve the Canvas contents in such a way that they can be stored in a file.

Jukka Korpela brought up the Chrome support of commas in numbers and the concept of localization and floating point number representation. Jukka also asked about ways of expressing physical quantities.

The HTML5 witch doctor, Ian Hickson, has been applying more HTML WG decisions, and doing some event tweaking. If you ever want to follow what's happening in the land of HTML edits, check out the WHATWG Twitter thread, which documents each new change.

The W3C HTML WG tribe has had an extremely busy time last week. In fact, the email list is becoming a bit hard to follow. However, machete in hand, I dove in.

I had missed pointing out a very long thread that Danny Ayers triggered on systematic access to media/plugin metadata, and that has generated thoughtful and interesting replies.

The co-chairs published a decision on Issue 131 on adding a caret location API to Canvas. The co-chairs decided in favor of the proposal to modify the existing Canvas API caret and focus ring but with a couple of exceptions.

The co-chairs also decided on Issue 155 on table border, ruling in favor of the proposal to add border="1" on HTML tables.

As is typical with the HTML WG, both decisions were accepted graciously by the body—leading the co-chairs to marvel, yet again, at how wonderfully easy and uncomplicated their WG tasks are.

Elsewhere in the W3C, the Clipboard API and Events Working draft was published this week, as was the CSS Text Level 3 draft, and the Messenging API draft. These join with the First Draft of the Platform Accessibility APIs Implementation Guide, making this a very productive week among the working groups.

In other news, Bruce Lawson was kind enough to pull together a list of HTML5ish people on Twitter. Let's raise our coconut drinks in thanks!

As usual, if I missed something or made an error, please provide a note (including links, if applicable) in comments and I'll update this post.

A hui hou kakou!

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