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RE: <BUTTON> tag

From: Chris Wilson <cwilso@MICROSOFT.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 10:45:50 -0700
Message-ID: <C35556591D34D111BB5600805F1961B90C3118A7@RED-MSG-47>
To: "'sven.latham@snellwilcox.com'" <sven.latham@snellwilcox.com>, www-html@w3.org
Umm, BUTTON and FIELDSET are both in the HTML 4.0 specification, so I'm not
sure how you're characterizing them as 'Microsoft's "let's do our own thing"
ideas.'  How do you think the W3C should be publicizing element types, other
than putting them in the specification?

BUTTON can, in addition to having an expanded attribute set, contain richly
formatted markup, images, etc. - which INPUT cannot, since the VALUE is an

-Chris Wilson

-----Original Message-----
From: sven.latham@snellwilcox.com [mailto:sven.latham@snellwilcox.com]
Sent: Friday, July 30, 1999 9:33 AM
To: www-html@w3.org; www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re:<BUTTON> tag 

<BUTTON> is one of Microsoft's "let's do our own thing" ideas, it ties in
with the dialog boxes that you know and love from IE4.  'Button' doesn't
a form. Neither does <INPUT....> but at least button is shorter.  Also,
now acts as a seperate object instead of being part of a form or an INPUT
object. You can do some pretty neat stunts with button, including accurate
positioning amongst other things.  A nice addition (although previously
achieveable with JavaScript) is the ACCESSKEY property. This allows the user
press the associated key, and the button is effectively clicked.

If you want a peek at Microsoft's lesser publicised HTML tags, open up
MSHTML.DLL or SHDOCVW.DLL in a text editor, and amongst the jumble of
there are some smart hidden features, including the <FIELDSET> tag
in W3C but not publicised), and some intrieguing JavaScript.

Good fun for a boring Sunday night.

Sven L

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Subject:    <BUTTON> tag 
Author: <www-html@w3.org>
Date:       29/07/99 21:12

I want to ask what is the meaning and the use of the <BUTTON> tag? What
is the difference between it with <INPUT TYPE="submit">, can it be used
with <A HREF=...>? If it only to be used with forms that directed to a
server side program, why was it made, why not just use the old 
<INPUT TYPE="submit"> tag?

[ Aditya Hermawan ]     

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