Re: Automatic Entry and Forms -Reply

Jim Taylor (JHTaylor@videodiscovery.com)
Fri, 01 Mar 1996 15:16:05 -0800


Message-Id: <s137158b.028@videodiscovery.com>
Date: Fri, 01 Mar 1996 15:16:05 -0800
From: Jim Taylor <JHTaylor@videodiscovery.com>
To: carl@chage.com, mwexler@frame.com
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Subject:  Re: Automatic Entry and Forms  -Reply

>>> Mike Wexler <mwexler@frame.com> - 3/1/96 2:13 PM 

>> A given form might include element definitions
>> from several standards, e.g. a base dictionary with name, address,
etc.,
>> an industry specific dictionary, and an application specific
dictionary.
>> In many cases, information exchanged is derived from data stored
according
>> to another standard. In these cases, a data element dictionary
might be
>> created to model the information represented by that standard.
>>  > It would be desirable to be able to distinguish Data Element
classes
>> from other classes, e.g. styles, etc.  
>Actually the beauty of the idea is that they aren't separate. Lets
say
>that some auto-parts store creates a really dull page, but uses
classes
>to specify auto-fillin. I can then create a style sheets that makes
all
>the part numbers red, underlined, and blinking in order to spiff
things
>up a bit. If we have two reasons why people need to do descriptive
>markup, and they both use the same syntax, this might help encourage
>people to "do the right thing."
>
>> This way "dumb" browser, i.e.
>> a browser that does not know how to parse a particular DED (Data
>> Element Dictionary) could still perform some automation based
simply
>> on the names, e.g. the DED URL, the class name and form field
name.
>It could do that even if the class names were put in their for other
>purposes (like style sheets).

But what if the author wants to distinguish between style and data
element? If I didn't like red, underlined, blinking part numbers (and
I'm sure I wouldn't :-) but I still wanted to use the standard so the
fields would be auto-filled, how would I identify the information
without having the style applied? Are styles independent of the class
attribute or are they implied by it? (I still haven't assimilated
Style Sheets and CSS....)

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