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Re: [whatwg] Menus and Toolbars

From: Jan Varga <jan.varga@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:23:39 +0100
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To: whatwg@whatwg.org
I like the 2nd proposal, but #3 would be ok too in my opinion


On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 1:12 AM, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:

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> There's a big section in the spec that tries to do three things:
>  * context menus
>  * toolbars
>  * menu buttons
> Right now it's not implemented by anyone, though Firefox has a variant.
>    http://whatwg.org/html/#the-menu-element
> This section has two big problems:
> 1. Styling of toolbars and menu buttons is just not defined.
> Toolbars could be a purely stylistic issue, to be solved either excluively
> by CSS, or CSS plus a component/widget binding model (whatever solution we
> end up with for that).
> Menu buttons are a real widget, though, so we can't just leave them to CSS
> styling of <div>s, there needs to be some real styling going on. Right
> now, because of the algorithm mentioned in #2 below, this is very
> complicated. I'll get back to this.
> (Styling for context menus is not a big deal, they just use native UI.)
> 2. Nobody is implementing it, in particular, the algorithm that converts
> HTML elements into a menu structure seems unpopular.
> Right now, the spec has this algorithm that defines how to map existing
> HTML semantics to a context menu or menu button (or toolbar, though the
> latter is less important if we move to a pure-CSS rendering model for
> toolbars, since we'd just drop the algorithm for them then).
> The idea here is that you don't have to use JavaScript to replicate the
> effects of existing semantics. For example, if you want a menu button
> which acts as a navigation mechanism, you just put <a> elements in your
> markup and they automatically get turned into menu items.
> There's also a generic <command> element for when you don't need an
> existing element to be used. Firefox essentially only implements this,
> though it's called <menuitem> in Firefox. <command> also supports an
> attribute that points at other elements to indirectly define features.
> To move forward on this, here are some proposals:
> #1: Drop <menu> and all related features. I don't think we should do this,
> but if we can't get agreement on what to implement, this is the only
> option left, so it's on the table.
> #2: A design that supports context menus and menu buttons using dedicated
> markup, with support for indirect defining of commands.
> First, we make <menu type=""> take three values: "toolbar", which just
> means to render the element using CSS (the default value for legacy pages,
> too), and "context" and "button", which define menus. "context" menus
> would be hidden by default, "button" menus would render as a button,
> which, when clicked, shows the menu. contextmenu="" can be used to point
> to a <menu type=contextmenu>.
> The <menu> element in "context" and "button" modes would only have three
> elements as descendants: <menuitem> elements, <menu> elements, and <hr>
> elements. (Or maybe no <hr>s, and we do separators by using groups of
> <menu> elements without labels.) Other children are ignored.
> <menuitem> elements would just have a label="" attribute and, optionally,
> a command="" attribute. The command="" attribute would work as it does in
> the spec now, deferring to some existing element. When the menu item is
> selected, it would fire click on the <menuitem>, and then as a default
> action do whatever the action of the command="" is, if specified. (We can
> talk about whether to bother supporting icons in the <menuitem>, and if so
> how, especially given high-res screens, but that's a minor detail.)
> With type=button, CSS would apply to the <menu> and <menuitem> elements,
> maybe with a limited set of properties applying. Long term, we look to XBL
> or Web components or whatever for styling.
> We drop <command> entirely.
> #2a: Same as #2, except we keep <command> as a way to introduce commands
> without using existing elements.
> #3: We forget the non-JS case; so, the same as #2, but <menuitem> doesn't
> get a command="" attribute. We add radio menu items, checkbox menu items,
> and the like, over time, as features on <menuitem>. (Defined much like
> <command> has some of them defined today.)
> #4: We do what the spec has now.
> #5: We do what the spec has now, except we change the type=toolbar to just
> be rendered in CSS (and remove type=list, making toolbar the default).
> #6: Your idea here.
> So, implementors: Which of these would you be willing to implement? Are
> there constraints I've not thought of? Are there features that we need to
> deal with that I haven't mentioned above? Are there use cases that we
> should just abandon that could simplify the solution drastically?
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