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Giving focus to an element in HTML 4.0

From: Klaus D. Witzel <kwitzel@cobss.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 1997 14:37:06 +0100
Message-Id: <199707091337.JAA25193@www10.w3.org>
To: <www-html-editor@w3.org>

would like to comment on "Giving focus to an element" in the "Forms in HTML
documents" section of the HTML 4.0 spec:

It is very convenient for many users of non-HTML based User Interfaces (e.g.
Mainframe or telnet based Application Systems) to have the focus of some form
element set by application needs. For example, consider a form with input
fields for customer, account and item, where the application assigns values to
first two fields and the user is expected to enter data into the third field.

It is possible to add to the new HTML spec, that an initial focus can be set
by the HTML author.

That would also be very convenient when designing conversations related to
form fields, for example programatically giving the focus to fields which are
required but unfilled, etc.

Thanx for consideration!

Best regards,

Klaus D. Witzel

Internet Business
Senior Consultant

InSyst, Inc.
mailto: info@insyst.ch URL: http://www.insyst.ch

Personal correspondence: kwitzel@cobss.com
Received on Wednesday, 9 July 1997 09:38:13 UTC

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