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<selectMany> and radioGroup - a wise combination??

From: T. V. Raman <tvraman@almaden.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 11:46:43 -0700
Message-ID: <15180.40723.398367.286703@bubbles.almaden.ibm.com>
To: AndrewWatt2001@aol.com
Cc: www-forms@w3.org, xforms@yahoogroups.com
thanks for alerting us to this --you're correct.

>>>>> "AndrewWatt2001" == AndrewWatt2001  <AndrewWatt2001@aol.com> writes:

    AndrewWatt2001> I was looking at Chapter 7.6 where an
    AndrewWatt2001> example is shown of the <selectMany>
    AndrewWatt2001> element/form control in combination with
    AndrewWatt2001> a possible visual presentation as a
    AndrewWatt2001> radioGroup.

    AndrewWatt2001> I would like to ask the WG to consider
    AndrewWatt2001> whether this is a wise combination.

    AndrewWatt2001> Over several years the implicit metaphor
    AndrewWatt2001> of radiobuttons, at least in the
    AndrewWatt2001> interfaces that I am familiar with, is
    AndrewWatt2001> that the user can choose ONE from
    AndrewWatt2001> several. If one option is selected any
    AndrewWatt2001> already selected option is deselected.

    AndrewWatt2001> To provide, as Chapter 7.6 seems to
    AndrewWatt2001> suggest, a radioGroup with selectMany
    AndrewWatt2001> will violate this assumption which
    AndrewWatt2001> many/most Web users will implicitly
    AndrewWatt2001> expect. Is there a setting, that I am
    AndrewWatt2001> not aware of, where the
    AndrewWatt2001> selectMany/radioGroup combination is
    AndrewWatt2001> already generally used?

    AndrewWatt2001> I think that the combination is likely
    AndrewWatt2001> to have significant potential for
    AndrewWatt2001> confusion.

    AndrewWatt2001> Andrew Watt <HTML><FONT
    AndrewWatt2001> FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=2>I was
    AndrewWatt2001> looking at Chapter 7.6 where an example
    AndrewWatt2001> is shown of the &lt;selectMany&gt;
    AndrewWatt2001> <BR>element/form control in combination
    AndrewWatt2001> with a possible visual presentation as a
    AndrewWatt2001> <BR>radioGroup.  <BR> <BR>I would like
    AndrewWatt2001> to ask the WG to consider whether this
    AndrewWatt2001> is a wise combination.  <BR> <BR>Over
    AndrewWatt2001> several years the implicit metaphor of
    AndrewWatt2001> radiobuttons, at least in the
    AndrewWatt2001> <BR>interfaces that I am familiar with,
    AndrewWatt2001> is that the user can choose ONE from
    AndrewWatt2001> <BR>several. If one option is selected
    AndrewWatt2001> any already selected option is
    AndrewWatt2001> deselected.  <BR> <BR>To provide, as
    AndrewWatt2001> Chapter 7.6 seems to suggest, a
    AndrewWatt2001> radioGroup with selectMany <BR>will
    AndrewWatt2001> violate this assumption which many/most
    AndrewWatt2001> Web users will implicitly <BR>expect. Is
    AndrewWatt2001> there a setting, that I am not aware of,
    AndrewWatt2001> where the <BR>selectMany/radioGroup
    AndrewWatt2001> combination is already generally used?
    AndrewWatt2001> <BR> <BR>I think that the combination is
    AndrewWatt2001> likely to have significant potential for
    AndrewWatt2001> <BR>confusion.  <BR> <BR>Andrew
    AndrewWatt2001> Watt</FONT></HTML>

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--raman
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