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Re: xforms:item and xforms:itemset: label and value bound to non-existing nodes

From: Allan Beaufour <beaufour@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 10:36:47 +0200
Message-ID: <90d6cb0e0604190136s4b2b8371se33945be07fd0f85@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Erik Bruchez" <erik@bruchez.org>
Cc: "Xforms W3C WG" <www-forms@w3.org>

On 4/18/06, Erik Bruchez <erik@bruchez.org> wrote:
> I am not sure that the spec is very explicit on this matter. Consider:
> <xforms:item>
>    <xforms:label ref="some-label"/>
>    <xforms:value ref="some-value"/>
> </xforms:item>
> Now what if "some-label" doesn't point to a node? This is probably the
> same as, say, an xforms:input label not pointing to a node. Does this
> mean that the XForms engine handles:
> o The label as non-relevant?

Yes, it is a form control, so it should be non-relevant then.

> o The label as an empty string?

Hmm, it's not bound to anything at all, so "null" would be more correct I guess.

> o The whole item as not available for selection?

And here comes the tricky part :)

I would say that if a value is non-relevant, the item should not be
choosable in a select(1), no matter the state of the label. (I would
go for not displaying the item, but with a relevant label, you could
possibly show a non-selectable/greyed-out label).

A non-relevant label with a relevant value... I cannot see the use of
it, but the item should then have a blank label? I'm not sure about

> Same question when "unrolling" the xforms:itemset. Say you have
> something like this:

I think whatever behaviour is defined for an item, also goes for the
"unrolled" items in an itemset.

... Allan
Received on Wednesday, 19 April 2006 08:36:52 UTC

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