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Re: Scrollbars In The Box Model

From: Andy <aholmes84@shaw.ca>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2003 00:07:10 -0700
To: Tantek Çelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>, www-style@w3.org
Message-id: <3E93C69E.7000409@shaw.ca>

Tantek Çelik wrote:
> On 4/8/03 5:04 PM, "Etan Wexler" <ewexler@stickdog.com> wrote:
>>Yung-Fong Tang wrote to <mailto:www-style@w3.org> on 8 April 2003 in "Re:
>>Scrollbars In The Box Model" (<mid:3E93565A.4070705@netscape.com>):
>>>consider [travelling] to Egypt and [using] the [Egyptian Arabic]
>>>Windows [belonging] to your friend which [has] all [scrollbars] on the left,
>>>can you survive [using] it to view English [Web pages] for a month?
>>If the operating system does not allow configuration of scrollbar rendition,
>>that is a shortcoming of the operating system. I don't see the need to
>>compensate for such shortcomings in CSS.
> Agreed.  
> And arguing about where should the scrollbar should go assumes that there
> even is a scrollbar (many set-top box and handheld user interfaces do not
> have a scrollbar, some have their own custom "scrolling widgets", some have
> nothing).
> Tantek

The same, in my understanding, could be said about mouse cursors since a 
user isn't *required* to use a mouse to navigate web pages, and so said 
UA might not even implement a mouse cursor.

There are various recommendations (in the true sense of the word) in the 
CSS2 spec that suggest certain conventions for browsers that *do* 
support features such as this. Could not a small note be added that 
gives UA authors a hint as to where the scrollbar should be placed if it 
is present?

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