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Re: Hints on fields

From: Roland Merrick <roland_merrick@uk.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2004 18:02:32 +0100
To: Robert Bateman <bobbateman@sequoiallc.com>
Cc: www-forms@w3.org, www-forms-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF4442F7A0.3E9F96A6-ON80256E78.005C3925-80256E78.005D9BC0@uk.ibm.com>
Greetings, you are correct that there is nothing specific defined. Both 
hint and help are defined with their equivalent <message>. 

A hint is defined as being "ephemeral", this means that a user may not 
have to take any explicit action to have the message appear or disappear. 
In a GUI environment such as a PC class browser hints could be implemented 
as tooltips, hover help or whatever work you use to describe such a thing 
and are similar to how the title attribute is handled for html elements 
such as <img title="basket of apples">. In other environments such as 
speech browsers the hint might be given after a delay in responding to a 

Help is defined as "modal", this will require explicit user action to get 
rid of the help that they requested. This could appear in a pop-up window 
that needs to be closed when finished with.

Regards, Roland

Robert Bateman <bobbateman@sequoiallc.com> 
Sent by: www-forms-request@w3.org
16/04/2004 17:36


Hints on fields

I was looking the the 1.0 spec. for information on how hint and help 
should be 
implemented.  What I was specifically looking to see, was if the spec 
indicates the "life" of the message(s) that are displayed when hint or 
is included in a form.

I didn't notice anything specific.  Did I not see something specific?

Bob Bateman
Received on Friday, 16 April 2004 13:03:31 UTC

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