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Column headings for xf:repeats [was RE: [Fwd: Re: XForms: Question about tax form example]]

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 18:16:57 +0200
Message-ID: <F5D202D9-9F7E-4AB7-8E62-C2CA13CE1618@S009>
To: "'Micah Dubinko'" <micah@dubinko.info>
Cc: <www-forms@w3.org>

Micah,

> One place where I think 
> labels-separate-from-individual-controls makes sense is 
> repeating sections.
> 
> Say a repeat has 
> Quantity/Description/PartNumber/Price/Extension. It would be 
> nice for a way to mark up the labels once, with the controls 
> repeating underneath (instead of the labels repeating with 
> each additional line item).

But that should be done either with xf:output, or better still with
@appearance="compact" on xf:repeat, which a number of processors now
support. This indicates that you want the labels of all form controls to
'appear' only once--in a voice system that means just read them once at the
beginning of the repeat, whilst in a GUI that probably means show column
headers.

If you have formsPlayer installed then you can see an example of what I
mean, at:

  <http://www.formsplayer.com/demo/foaf/foaf-creator.html>

The 'Friends' tab has a xf:repeat with a 'grid'. Note that any xf:label on
any top-level control is moved to the first row of the xf:repeat, and then
the rest of the control is rendered multiple times in that column. This
works for images, as well. Note that if you want to have a xf:trigger on
each row, with its own image, you put that in a xf:group with a xf:label.
There's an example of this in the form, too.

Regards,

Mark


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