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RE: Unfortunate choice of attribute name in XForms 1.1: xforms:submission/@target

From: Rogelio Pérez Cano <rogeliop@satec.es>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 11:41:32 +0200
To: "'Forms WG \(new\)'" <public-forms@w3.org>
Message-ID: <auto-000024754724@satec.es>

Hi Erik, all,
 please correct me if I´m wrong but at least in XHTML 1.0 Strict the
"target" attribute doesn´t exist, so I´m not sure if it´s going to be a
problem, for sure xhtml/html experts in the group may have better opinion on
it.

Regards. 

Roger.

-----Mensaje original-----
De: public-forms-request@w3.org [mailto:public-forms-request@w3.org] En
nombre de Erik Bruchez
Enviado el: martes, 08 de abril de 2008 2:24
Para: Forms WG (new)
Asunto: Unfortunate choice of attribute name in XForms 1.1:
xforms:submission/@target


All,

It just occurred to me that the XForms 1.1 xforms:submission/@target
attribute [1] is badly chosen.

The reason is that a "target", in HTML speak, specifies an optional target
window or frame. This, in particular, applies to <a> and <form> in HTML. [2]

In the future, we may want to officially support such a concept of target
window or frame in XForms. Purely out of familiarity with HTML, the name
"target" would be an obvious choice. But if we use "target"  
now to specify the destination for data replacement, we won't be able to use
that name.

(Note that in our implementation, we already support an extension attribute
called xxforms:target on xforms:submission and xforms:load, which behaves
like its HTML counterpart.)

For this reason I suggest that we change the name of this attribute in
XForms 1.1. Suggestions are welcome, but "destination" could work.

-Erik

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xforms11/#submit
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/present/frames.html#adef-target

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