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Re: meter changes [was: Re: Implementor feedback on new elements in HTML5]

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2009 21:00:32 +0000 (UTC)
To: Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>
Cc: HTML WG Public List <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0909042057300.6775@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 2 Sep 2009, Jim Jewett wrote:
>
> Henri Sivonen wrote:
> > I think the old name <gauge> was clearer, but it was reported as a
> > spelling problem, so the element was renamed to another word infamous
> > for spelling issues
> 
> Maybe the answer is to change the meaning slightly, so that another
> word (such as "measure" or "ratio") would be appropriate.

<measure> would lead to people using it for any measurements, which I 
don't think is what we want, as using a bar chart or other gauge-like UI 
is not appropriate for most measurements.

(<ratio> doesn't seem right at all.)

The element is a gauge. (Wow, I just mistyped that word three times in a 
row. I'm glad the element is not named <gauge>!) Certainly if a better 
name than <meter> can be found, that would be great, but I think it's 
important that it represent what it is -- a meter or gauge. ("indicator" 
is sometimes used for this purpose but I think most people consider that 
more of a boolean UI than a range UI.)

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