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Re: Validator and/or correct markup for empty table row

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 20:36:42 +0300 (EEST)
To: Frank Ellermann <nobody@xyzzy.claranet.de>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.63.0509282029010.9788@korppi.cs.tut.fi>

On Wed, 28 Sep 2005, Frank Ellermann wrote:

> Minor validator nit, please add a Reset-
> button to the "validate by direct input" form, something like
> <input type="reset" class="hideme" /> for old browsers.

Please don't. Destruction buttons ("reset buttons") considered harmful, 
see e.g. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20000416.html

By the way, on a typical browser, you can wipe out the contents of the 
text input field by pressing the Esc key there. No questions asked. This 
is bad software design, but the point is that there is no need to create 
duplicate functionality by adding a button.

Actually there _is_ a destruction button in the "Extended Direct Input 
Interface" at http://validator.w3.org/fragment-upload.html

It might be marginally useful, but it should at least be placed _before_ 
the form, not alongside with the submit button. (How would you like a 
computer that has two identical-looking buttons side by side, one for 
starting the computer and one for erasing the disk?)

-- 
Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
Received on Wednesday, 28 September 2005 17:37:28 GMT

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