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Re: SELECT display

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 23:57:38 +0100
Message-ID: <640dd5060610161557v7f81b2aqb2dd64b974469a0@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Aaron Reed" <aaronr@us.ibm.com>
Cc: www-forms@w3.org

Hi Aaron,

I disagree. :)

Although it's true that you don't necessarily want to define how
xf:item should appear, there is certainly nothing wrong with this:

  xf|item { display: block; }

or this:

  xf|item { display: inline-block; }

That doesn't affect device independence or accessibility.

The reason I said there was something missing from the XForms spec
though, is that we've never really said that individual pieces can be
styled. So for example, if a processor simply takes a select1 and
'converts' it to an HTML drop-box, then there are no 'item' elements
to add style to. However, if a select1 is implemented as a container
of 'item' elements then they can be styled.

We've also never said that an 'itemset' becomes a set of 'item'
elements, which you'd also need to say in order for this to all be



On 16/10/06, Aaron Reed <aaronr@us.ibm.com> wrote:
> Hi Richard,
> I certainly see your point, but it is tough to standardize that a
> certain style will cause a select's checkbox items to layout in a line
> when there is no standardization on the fact that a select will display
> as checkboxes to start with.  And then you have to consider the impact
> of specifying something like this across all devices.  So I'm guessing
> that this would never become part of the XForms standard itself other
> than as a suggestion which processors could then ignore.  So in the end,
> it will still be processor dependent.
> Having said that, it would certainly be handy if the browser-based
> processors reached a consensus on different styling options for
> different XForms controls.
> --Aaron
> FirstTesting wrote:
> > Thanks Mark
> >
> > It makes sense to standardise the formatting so that it's consistent - regardless of which XForms processor is being used.
> >
> > Regards
> >
> > Richard
> >
> > http://www.firsttesting.com
> >
> >

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