Ship Window.event, keyCode change, and keypress event handling changes

RESOLVED FIXED in Firefox 65

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defect
P2
normal
RESOLVED FIXED
8 months ago
4 months ago

People

(Reporter: birtles, Assigned: masayuki)

Tracking

({dev-doc-complete, site-compat})

Trunk
mozilla65
Points:
---
Dependency tree / graph
Bug Flags:
webcompat +

Firefox Tracking Flags

(firefox65+ fixed)

Details

(Whiteboard: [webcompat:p1])

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Description

8 months ago
These changes seem to be interconnected:

* Window.event (bug 218415, preffed off in release in bug 1493869)
* keypress events for non-printable keys (bug 1440189, bug 968056 tracks shipping)
* Changes to event.keyCode (bug 1479964)

That is, some content seems to assume they are a set (i.e. if window.event is present, then assume keyCode and keypress function in a certain way).

It's quite a tricky set of changes so the proposal is to try turning them on in early beta in the 64 cycle.

Updated

8 months ago
Priority: -- → P2
Flags: webcompat+
Whiteboard: [webcompat:p1]

Comment 1

8 months ago
Is it active in Nightly already?
Flags: needinfo?(bbirtles)
Reporter

Comment 2

8 months ago
I believe the first two are but the third: keyCode changes (bug 1479964) has yet to land.
Flags: needinfo?(bbirtles)

Comment 3

8 months ago
Thanks!
bug 354358 should ride the train too when bug 968056 does so (for reducing number of times to update web apps for keyboard event changes of Gecko).
Blocks: 354358
Now, it's safe to release strict keypress dispatching (bug 968056) and dispatching keydown/keyup events during composition (bug 
354358). Mirroring non-zero keyCode/charCode of keypress events (bug 1479964) requires verification with Google Docs and reply from rememberthemilk.com.
Assignee: nobody → masayuki
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
Basically, we shouldn't have blacklist to disable web API.  However, the
keypress event behavior changes are not standardized things.  Therefore,
if some web developers realize that they need to change their apps when
it's too late for them, Firefox users need to use another browser for
such web apps for several weeks or more, and such things may make the users
switch their default browser.  For avoiding such worst scenario, we should
take the blacklists and if we get such compatibility reports, we should
add the domains into the blacklist even in release channel.
First one is for bug 968056.  UI Events declares that "keypress" events should
be dispatched only when a key press produces one or more characters (and also
discussing about Enter key press for backward compatibility).  Therefore, we
should stop dispatching "keypress" events for non-printable keys (like arrow keys,
Ctrl + A, etc) in the default group on content for conforming to UI Events, but
keep dispatching them in chrome and in the system group on content.

Next one is for bug 1479964.  No spec declares that what value should be set
to keyCode and charCode value of "keypress" events because declaring that would
break existing web apps which handle them with UA string.  However, some web
apps assume that if window.event is available, keyCode value of "keypress" event
is set to a Unicode code point of inputting character.  We set only charCode
to it, but the other browsers sets both keyCode and charCode to a Unicode
code point of inputting character.  Therefore, we need to follow the other
browsers' behavior for this because changing value from zero to non-zero is
safer than non-zero to non-zero or zero.

And also next one is for bug 354358.  UI Events declares that "keydown" and
"keyup" events represent physical key state and should be fired even during
composition.  As far as the reported issues, this behavior is expected mainly
by Korean web developers and some web apps depend on the behavior.  Therefore,
we need to start to dispatch them during composition.

Finally, for bug 218415, we should enable window.event.  This is declared by
the Living DOM Standard.  A lot of web apps depend on window.event and the
last blocker, bug 1479964 was fixed so that it is the time to enable this.
I'm not sure whether we should enable window.event in this bug because I don't handle it. However, in the discussion with emails, it seems that we can do it here. If you think that I shouldn't do it, let me know.  Then, I'll remove the window.event part from the last patch.
Summary: Ship Window.event, keyCode change, and keypress event handling changes to early beta → Ship Window.event, keyCode change, and keypress event handling changes

Comment 10

6 months ago
Pushed by masayuki@d-toybox.com:
https://hg.mozilla.org/integration/autoland/rev/f854c2a5429c
part 1: Make blacklist prefs for keypress event behavior changes ride the train r=smaug
https://hg.mozilla.org/integration/autoland/rev/2f92fd614d56
part 2: Stop dispatching non-printable "keypress" events, set keyCode or charCode value to the other value when it's zero, start to dispatch "keydown" and "keyup" events during composition, and enable window.event by default r=smaug
See Also: → 1478102

Comment 12

6 months ago
bugherder
https://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/rev/f854c2a5429c
https://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/rev/2f92fd614d56
Status: ASSIGNED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 6 months ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla65
I'm trying to work out what to say in the docs about these changes. This is all rather confusing ;-)

This is what I think has happened:

1. window.event has been enabled again

2. keypress event handling has changed like so:

a. Non-printable keys (like cursor keys) no longer dispatch keypress events
b. keydown and keyup events are now dispatched during composition

3. keyCode changes - "set keyCode or charCode to the other value when it's zero". Ummm, I didn't really understand this one. Can you expand on this?

And is this all available in release?
Flags: needinfo?(masayuki)

Comment 14

5 months ago
Are "keyup" and "keydown" essentially the same as "keyReleased" and "keyPressed" ?
(In reply to Chris Mills (Mozilla, MDN editor) [:cmills] from comment #13)
> 1. window.event has been enabled again

Yes.

> 2. keypress event handling has changed like so:
> 
> a. Non-printable keys (like cursor keys) no longer dispatch keypress events

Yes.

> b. keydown and keyup events are now dispatched during composition

Yes.

> 3. keyCode changes - "set keyCode or charCode to the other value when it's
> zero". Ummm, I didn't really understand this one. Can you expand on this?

Previously, one of charCode or keyCode of "keypress" event was set to 0. With the change, if it's Enter key press, charCode is set to its keyCode, 13, and otherwise, its keyCode is set to its charCode value. For example, if you press "." key, "keypress" event was { keyCode: 0, charCode: 0x2E }, but it's now { keyCode: 0x2E, charCode: 0x2E } even though keyCode 0x2E means "Delete" key if the event type is "keydown" or "keyup".

> And is this all available in release?

Yes.
Flags: needinfo?(masayuki)

Comment 16

5 months ago
What about my question?
(In reply to Daniel from comment #16)
> What about my question?

I don't understand, what are you talking about?
(In reply to Daniel from comment #14)
> Are "keyup" and "keydown" essentially the same as "keyReleased" and
> "keyPressed" ?

I'm not sure what keyReleased or keyPressed are (maybe a java thing?), but you can find keyup and keydown in the UI events spec: https://w3c.github.io/uievents/#events-keyboard-types

Comment 19

5 months ago
Yes, thank you for the link, those variable names (that I thought of, keyReleased, keyDown) is just what I thought it was, as per https://w3c.github.io/uievents/#keydown, where it says "A user agent MUST dispatch this event when a key is pressed down." and per https://w3c.github.io/uievents/#keyup , "A user agent MUST dispatch this event when a key is released.". All clear now, thanks for the help, Mike.

OK, I think I have documented this adequately.

See the additions to the Fx65 rel notes:
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox/Releases/65#APIs

For the event/returnValue re-additions, I've updated the compat data:
https://github.com/mdn/browser-compat-data/pull/3357

For the charCode/keyCode mirroring behavior, I've aded notes to these places:

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Events/keypress#Browser_compatibility
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/GlobalEventHandlers/onkeypress#Browser_compatibility_notes
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/KeyboardEvent#Compatibility_notes

For "Non-printable keys (like cursor keys) no longer dispatch keypress events", this was covered by https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=968056#c29

For "keydown and keyup events are now dispatched during composition", this was covered by https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=354358#c55

Let me know if this covers it, or if you'd like to see anything else. Thanks!

Flags: needinfo?(masayuki)

(In reply to Chris Mills (Mozilla, MDN editor) [:cmills] from comment #24)

OK, I think I have documented this adequately.

See the additions to the Fx65 rel notes:
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox/Releases/65#APIs

Ah, really sorry. Window.event, Event.returnValue and using same value to keyCode and charCode of keypress events were put off to 66. See bug 1520756.

For the event/returnValue re-additions, I've updated the compat data:
https://github.com/mdn/browser-compat-data/pull/3357

So, should be update it 66 again (but we're still not sure we can ship them at 66 as we planned).

For the charCode/keyCode mirroring behavior, I've aded notes to these places:

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Events/keypress#Browser_compatibility

So, should update "As of Firefox 65". (Note that non-printable keypress dispatching and keydown/keyup event dispatching in composition are shipped in 65.)

And note that I found technical term of the behaviors in UI Events spec. Our traditional behavior is called as "split model". The new behavior is called as "conflated model". You can introduce these terms.
https://w3c.github.io/uievents/#determine-keypress-keyCode

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/GlobalEventHandlers/onkeypress#Browser_compatibility_notes

Same above, you should update "As of Firefox 65" only in the first paragraph.

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/KeyboardEvent#Compatibility_notes

Ditto.

For "Non-printable keys (like cursor keys) no longer dispatch keypress events", this was covered by https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=968056#c29

Thanks!

For "keydown and keyup events are now dispatched during composition", this was covered by https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=354358#c55

Thanks!

Flags: needinfo?(masayuki) → needinfo?(cmills)

(In reply to Masayuki Nakano [:masayuki] (JST, +0900) from comment #25)

(In reply to Chris Mills (Mozilla, MDN editor) [:cmills] from comment #24)

OK, I think I have documented this adequately.

See the additions to the Fx65 rel notes:
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox/Releases/65#APIs

Ah, really sorry. Window.event, Event.returnValue and using same value to keyCode and charCode of keypress events were put off to 66. See bug 1520756.

Hehe. This really is the "gift that keeps on giving", as we say in the UK ;-)

No matter, I'm happy to make the changes to get this right. I've moved those notes out of the 65 rel notes, and in to the 66 rel notes for now:

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox/Releases/66#APIs

You'll see that I've put a "Tentative" note on them, to make it clear they are not assured for 66. But I still want to keep these notes recorded somewhere because they will be useful on they finally ship.

For the event/returnValue re-additions, I've updated the compat data:
https://github.com/mdn/browser-compat-data/pull/3357

So, should be update it 66 again (but we're still not sure we can ship them at 66 as we planned).

For the moment, since they are not assured to ship in 66, I've just updated the PR to put them back to being not shipped/disabled, plus I've added notes to explain the situation. I hope that's OK. We can always update it again when it finally ships.

For the charCode/keyCode mirroring behavior, I've aded notes to these places:

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Events/keypress#Browser_compatibility

So, should update "As of Firefox 65". (Note that non-printable keypress dispatching and keydown/keyup event dispatching in composition are shipped in 65.)

And note that I found technical term of the behaviors in UI Events spec. Our traditional behavior is called as "split model". The new behavior is called as "conflated model". You can introduce these terms.
https://w3c.github.io/uievents/#determine-keypress-keyCode

I've added a mention of this to the note in the 66 rel notes, as it is a useful detail.

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/GlobalEventHandlers/onkeypress#Browser_compatibility_notes

Same above, you should update "As of Firefox 65" only in the first paragraph.

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/KeyboardEvent#Compatibility_notes

Ditto.

So, for these last three, I've just removed the note altogether for now, since it is not currently shipped. I hope that's OK.

For "Non-printable keys (like cursor keys) no longer dispatch keypress events", this was covered by https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=968056#c29

Thanks!

For "keydown and keyup events are now dispatched during composition", this was covered by https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=354358#c55

Thanks!

Thanks to you too for all the help on this. It has taken a while, but I'm starting to understand it.

Flags: needinfo?(cmills)

(In reply to Chris Mills (Mozilla, MDN editor) [:cmills] from comment #26)

(In reply to Masayuki Nakano [:masayuki] (JST, +0900) from comment #25)
No matter, I'm happy to make the changes to get this right. I've moved those notes out of the 65 rel notes, and in to the 66 rel notes for now:

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox/Releases/66#APIs

Thanks!

For the event/returnValue re-additions, I've updated the compat data:
https://github.com/mdn/browser-compat-data/pull/3357

So, should be update it 66 again (but we're still not sure we can ship them at 66 as we planned).

For the moment, since they are not assured to ship in 66, I've just updated the PR to put them back to being not shipped/disabled, plus I've added notes to explain the situation. I hope that's OK. We can always update it again when it finally ships.

Sure.

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/GlobalEventHandlers/onkeypress#Browser_compatibility_notes

Same above, you should update "As of Firefox 65" only in the first paragraph.

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/KeyboardEvent#Compatibility_notes

Ditto.

So, for these last three, I've just removed the note altogether for now, since it is not currently shipped. I hope that's OK.

Thanks.

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