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RE: XForms 1.0: My Opinions

From: Dan Dennedy <DDennedy@digitalbang.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 13:57:37 -0400
Message-ID: <11DC9B322580C843AE5A3D030D950B030315BE@intrabang01.digitalbang.com>
To: "Dan Dennedy" <DDennedy@digitalbang.com>, "John Keiser" <jkeiser@netscape.com>, <www-forms@w3.org>, "Beth Epperson" <beppe@netscape.com>, "Daniel Glazman" <glazman@netscape.com>
It should be noted that the below comment is based upon using xhtml
tables for managed layout. However, I just learned about css property
"display" and its values table, table-caption, table-row, table-cell,
etc. along with caption-side property. Alas, Mozilla and Opera 6 handle
them fairly well, but not IE 6 at all. However, it appears Mozilla and
Opera do not correctly display "caption-side: left" which rules out
using table-caption for a label since labels are often on the left. In
order to get various label placements with tables, I currently require
row/column spans, which I do not see in CSS2. IMO, currently, neither
CSS alone nor authored xhtml tables are completely suitable for
xhtml+xforms layout; I still need my layout hint attribute on <group>
and my caption-side attribute on form controls. At the very least, these
two hints make authoring much easier and expressive without my other
developers or customers complaining.
 
See the ZVON CSS2 tutorial for examples:
http://www.zvon.org/xxl/CSS2Tutorial/Examples/example42.html

		DRD> On a related note, label is layout-oriented too.
Obviously, XForms supports CSS absolute positioning, but many (most?)
prefer a flowed or managed layout. In that case, should labels always go
on the left? Many form authors prefer top or bottom. Some authors prefer
right-aligned over left-aligned esp. if one or more labels are rather
long. Can all of this be specified in CSS using "caption-style" and
"text-align"? Not only is the label   
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