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Re: remove the meter element

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 12:13:49 -0800
Message-ID: <63df84f1001081213l526fd4bre5ebb15b885f6d1e@mail.gmail.com>
To: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 10:30 AM, Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com> wrote:
> Ooops, sorry, I meant meter element!
>
> S
>
> On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 12:27 PM, Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I filed a bug, several weeks ago, on removing the details element:
>>
>> http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=8555
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>> No decision has been made on this one.
>>
>> Shelley

I disagree with this bug. I think having an element that can be used
to display a gauge-like graphic will be useful for authors and will
result in more semantic markup being used.

However I really don't like the name "meter". It might be because i'm
english is my second language, but I associate the word "meter" much
more with the SI unit of length, than with a gauge-like instrument. I
unfortunately don't have a better name for it at this time as I agree
that "gauge" is probably too hard to spell.

I do however think it's critical for CSS to enable the <meter> to be
styled such that it gives authors a lot of control of how it is
displayed. Possibly pseudo elements need to be introduced to select
the "full" and "empty" parts of the meter.

I do however think it would be interesting if we could merge
<progressbar> with <meter>. After all, a <progressbar> is just a
specific instance of a <meter>. Usually where the maximum is 100. This
would also remove concern that people would use <progressbar> where
<meter> should be used and the other way around. Suggestions to this
effect would be very welcome to me.

/ Jonas
Received on Friday, 8 January 2010 20:14:41 UTC

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