[Sorry, meant to reply-all] On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 1:25 AM Ryosuke Niwa <rn...@webkit.org> wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 8:19 AM David Bokan <bo...@chromium.org> wrote: > >> Can you clarify what question you’re looking to have answered? Are you >>> asking for a new standards position in light of the replies below? >>> >> >> There are two specific points: >> >> - As I understand it, HTML requires multi-vendor interest to merge >> changes to specs. Is Apple's position sufficient to start that process? I'd >> be happy to start turning the spec into PRs but I interpreted the earlier >> position in this thread more as "not-opposed" rather than support (is that >> a fair reading?) >> > > Given we're concerned about compatibility and this affects how URL, which > is a pretty fundamental part of the Web, is interpreted, it's fair to say > we're not ready to endorse such a motion. > Ok, thanks for the feedback. Is the compatibility issue the only/main sticking point? That is, if we can mitigate or quantify the compatibility risk as sufficiently low would this change your position? > > - Would Apple accept contributions to WebKit implementing this feature? >> >> Google Search uses this on supporting UAs - user surveys have found this >> improves the user experience. A recently published extension >> <https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/link-to-text-fragment/pbcodcjpfjdpcineamnnmbkkmkdpajjg?hl=en> >> to generate links to text already has over 50,000 users. This is clearly >> useful to users but would really be helped if we can make it interoperable >> across browsers. >> > > Given the number of internet users is roughly 3.4 billion, and Chrome > seems to have ~1 billion users, 50,000 (0.005%?) seems like a rather small > number of users. I'm not saying that there aren't any user interests and I > disagree with the underlying use cases. However, the fact this may pose a > compatibility issue and affect millions of users who are using (sometimes > very) old browsers to browse the internet, that doesn't seem to suggest a > good risk-reward tradeoff. > The absolute number is small but what I was getting at is that installing an extension requires discovery, some tech-savvy, and motivation so I think even that number shows there is demand for this functionality (admittedly non-representative, but still). OTOH, the feature is in use on Google Search and Bing is reaching a very significant fraction of the user population through those channels.
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