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Re: Form elements

From: Shawn Medero <smedero@ldc.upenn.edu>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 07:55:02 -0400
Message-Id: <51ED7AF8-6E44-426A-8079-A7D107677FEC@ldc.upenn.edu>
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

On May 25, 2007, at 6:36 PM, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:

> 2) Changing the default rendering for form elements would not be  
> acceptable. It would break massive amounts of deployed form content.

I should point out that regardless of what any usability surveys say,  
Maciej is right. I altered my user stylesheet to see what would  
happen if I generically asked button, input, select, and textarea  
elemets to be display:block... then visited some major sites  
(aol.com, bellsouth.net, espn.com ...) using Firefox. Nearly every  
site exhibited some level of breakage ... be that visually  
unappealing errors or more serious problems that could lead to  
confusion. (There were inconsistent errors though on the same page...  
where clearly CSS or an HTML table had stepped in and lined up  
everything right and the same type of widget would look out of whack  
later on in the page. These tended be things like search boxes, enter  
your zipcode... etc.)

This wasn't a terribly scientific test but I'd happy to go through  
the hoops if someone really wants the data.

-s
Received on Tuesday, 29 May 2007 11:55:10 GMT

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