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Re: Implementor feedback on new elements in HTML5

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Tue, 01 Sep 2009 11:10:05 +0200
Message-ID: <4A9CE4ED.9080300@lachy.id.au>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Henri Sivonen wrote:
> On Sep 1, 2009, at 08:14, Jonas Sicking wrote:
>> Also, as someone not from Liberia, Burma or the United States, I find
>> the name very confusing. I usually associate the term 'meter' with the
>> unit of length. In fact, the first time I saw the element I thought it
>> was more related to <time> than to <progress>, i.e. some way to mark
>> up distances.
> I think the old name <gauge> was clearer, but it was reported as a 
> spelling problem, so the element was renamed to another word infamous 
> for spelling issues... :-(

I'm not convinced that the spelling issues of gauge are a major problem, 
since if you get spell it wrong, it will have a noticeable effect of not 
working.  Hixie rejected this argument once before, but I believe the 
misconceptions about the meaning of the "meter" outweigh the spelling 
issue which is both noticeable and easy to correct.


Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software
Received on Tuesday, 1 September 2009 09:11:13 UTC

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