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Re: controls and instance nodes

From: David Landwehr <david.landwehr@solidapp.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 16:00:35 +0100
Message-ID: <43F9D993.9080101@solidapp.com>
To: Allan Beaufour <beaufour@gmail.com>
Cc: Erik Bruchez <erik@bruchez.org>, www-forms@w3.org

Another option could be to apply the input masks from CSS, like:

xforms:input {
  input-mask: "ddd-dddd";

A quick search on google 
which defines a -wap-input-format extension for CSS to provide just such 
a functionality.

Best regards,

Allan Beaufour wrote:
> On 2/20/06, Erik Bruchez <erik@bruchez.org> wrote:
>> I find the idea of custom controls extremely interesting and promising.
>> This is something we have been thinking about for a long time as well,
>> an it is great to see that it is on WG members' radar. Orbeon will be
>> one more voice in favor of doing some work in this area.
>> But I am not 100% convinced that Richard's question necessarily requires
>> such custom controls. Our approach to his problem was more in the line
>> of introducing input masks to XForms. Input masks are a more specific
>> solution, where you define a format for the input, and the XForms engine
>> does the rest.
> Agreed. It would be nice if it was not necessary to add a custom
> control to do this.
>> Has anybody already started thinking about whether such input masks make
>> sense in general in XForms, or even made proposals? What are the pros
>> and cons of both approaches? Clearly, the "custom control" approach
>> covers more use cases, but it is also likely to be more cumbersome for
>> simple cases such as entering an SSN.
> I cannot answer all your questions :) But a control could also
> "inspect" the schema type of an instance node and the represent it
> "intelligently". Easier said than done, I know :) And schemas... not
> the easiest thing to grasp.
> --
> ... Allan

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