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Idea for improved Checkbox and Radio Buttons (call for discussion)

From: Tony Sanders <sanders@bsdi.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 1997 13:52:29 -0600
Message-Id: <199709101952.NAA19170@austin.bsdi.com>
To: www-talk@w3.org
In most GUI frameworks, checkbox and radio button *include* the labeling
text so you have a larger target for selection.  However, with HTML
you must select the (usually) tiny box to effect the change.

One solution would have been to define <INPUT> as a container
but it's obviously too late for that.

So it would seem that we need some way of grouping label text along
with the input field such as:

    <ENCLOSE>
    <INPUT TYPE="checkbox" NAME="box1" VALUE="Selected"> BOX #1
    </ENCLOSE>

Such that selecting ``BOX #1'' would activate the checkbox.

There is a colision with the function of <A HREF=""> inside the
enclosing tags (does the selection then activate the anchor or
the checkbox) so that would need to be resolved (though it's
probably more a function of the user interface than the
markup spec).

It would also be upto the browser authors to define the visual effects,
if any, of this tag and style-sheets would probably want to be able
to specify sunken/raised attributes, etc (hopefully in a portable way).
Received on Wednesday, 10 September 1997 15:53:59 GMT

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