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From: Russ Rolfe <rrolfe@windows.microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 14:33:51 -0700
Message-ID: <F7B97826912BC4419D5DDF53B216945302EE9B72@WIN-MSG-10.wingroup.windeploy.ntdev.microsoft.com>
To: "Martin Duerst" <duerst@w3.org>, <ishida@w3.org>, <public-i18n-geo@w3.org>

Martin,

Thanks for the input.  I like your addition of the value attribute.  As for the partial fragment what if it is changed to:

Although many programming languages have devices like drop-down boxes that have the capability of sorting a list of items before displaying them as part of their functionality, the HTML <select> function has no such capabilities.  It lists the <options> in the order received.  Thus one must manually pre-sort their translated options before presenting them to the client.

Russ

-----Original Message-----
From: Martin Duerst [mailto:duerst@w3.org] 
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2003 2:24 PM
To: Russ Rolfe; ishida@w3.org; public-i18n-geo@w3.org

Hello Russ,

This is a good example, a bit too specific for the first question for my taste, but I think we should just go with it.
A few comments below:

At 13:42 03/05/05 -0700, Russ Rolfe wrote:
>Richard,
>
>Here is my question as promised  Let me know what we need to do next.
>
>Regards, Russ
>
>=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
>Question:
>
>As part of a form, I have a list of terms in a drop-down box.  Why are 
>they not correctly sorted when I translate the items in the list?
>
>
>Answer:
>
>Although many programming languages have devices like drop-down boxes 
>that have the capability of sorting a list of items before displaying 
>them as part of their functionality.

Half a sentence. Needs completion.


>The HTML <select> function has no such capabilities.  It will list the 
><options> in the order received.  Thus one must manually pre-sort their 
>translated options before presenting them to the client.
>
>For example, lets say we have a pull-down list for types of pets.  In 
>the list, we have the following in alphabetical order:

The problem with this example is that the script that gets the input has to react to cat, kat, dog, hound,... and it's getting worse when more options are added. I strongly suggest we use the 'value'
attribute:


><form .....>
>    <select size="1" name="pet">
>       <option value='cat'> cat </option>
>       <option value='dog'> dog </option>
>       <option value='mouse'> mouse </option>
>    </select>
>...
>...
></form>
>
>When this is translated to Dutch, the list becomes
>
>    <form .....>
>    <select size="1" name="pet">
>       <option value='cat'> kat </option>
>       <option value='dog'> hond </option>
>       <option value='mouse'> muis </option>
>    </select>
>...
>...
></form>
>
>But for it to be in correct Dutch alphabetical order we will need to 
>re-arrange to list to:
>
>
>    <form .....>
>    <select size="1" name="pet">
>       <option value='dog'> hond</option>
>       <option value='cat'> kat </option>
>       <option value='mouse'> muis </option>
>    </select>
>...
>...
></form>
>
>This must be done for each language to be displayed.


Regards,      Martin.
Received on Monday, 5 May 2003 17:34:13 UTC

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