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Re: DOM Level 2 HTML in Last Call

From: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Date: 11 Feb 2002 14:25:35 -0500
To: Morten Wang <warnckew@online.no>
Cc: WWW DOM <www-dom@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1013455535.25718.106.camel@jfouffa>
On Thu, 2001-12-13 at 05:59, Morten Wang wrote:
> 1: section 1.6.3, first sentence says
>    "... is _a_ HTML 4.0 document ..."
>    (my underlining).  it should read "... an HTML 4.0 document ..."
>    which is what is used elsewhere in the draft.

fixed.

> 2: the definition of HTMLInputElement says that the attribute "size"
>    is of type "DOMstring", which startled me.  it didn't take me long
>    to find that this is done due to the fact that both HTML 4.01 DTDs
>    (strict & transitional) define the "size" attribute as "CDATA" (the
>    XHTML DTDs inherit this definition).  the definition contradicts
>    the recommendation which itself says:
> 
>       ''The width is given in pixels except when type attribute has
>         the value "text" or "password". In that case, its value refers
>         to the (integer) number of characters.''
> 
>    so in both cases the field contains a number.
> 
> browser practice differs on this though.  Mozilla 0.9.6 defines the
> attribute as a string (element.size.toSource() return 'new String())
> while Microsofts reference defines the attribute as an integer.
> 
> in my opinion the HTML 4.01 DTD shouldn't allow the attribute to be
> set to "foo" when the recommendation clearly notes it should contain a
> number, so both the DTDs, the recommendation and in turn the DOM draft
> should be updated to reflect this.

Good catch.
HTMLInputElement::size is now an unsigned long, instead of a DOMString.


Thank you for the report,

Philippe,
for the DOM WG.
Received on Monday, 11 February 2002 14:25:38 GMT

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