Re: Enhancements to FORMs

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 10:39:58 -0700 (PDT)

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Subject: Re: Enhancements to FORMs
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 1996 10:39:58 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Daniel Crocker" <>
In-Reply-To: <> from "Marc Salomon" at Sep 3, 96 10:21:45 am

> Do the proponents of Java have enough leverage at the W3C to stifle 
> parallel development of HTML idioms that mirror Java functionality?

I doubt it, but they do pay very close attention to compatibility
with existing agents, and the focus on HTML as a data-representation
language.  In the first point, W3C is not likely to favor an addition
that existing agents can't handle and that is not of obvious benefit.
Multi-column selects might just be worth it, but many of the other
things I've heard proposed probably aren't.

Also, forms are a bit outside HTML's initial purpose to begin with,
so complicating them without clear benefit should not be done
lightly or hastily.  W3C's silence doesn't necessarily mean that
they aren't listening (though it might); it could mean that they've
listened and didn't like the idea, as is their prerogative.

Lee Daniel Crocker <>