[whatwg] Re: LABEL and radio/checkbox onclick

Malcolm Rowe malcolm-what at farside.org.uk
Thu Aug 26 10:00:43 PDT 2004

Ian Hickson writes:
>> 4) There's absolutely no way to know how <label> should behave when 
>> associated with an <object> element.
> I think we should say that <object> cannot be a form control any more. 
> Does anyone know of a case where it was made into a form control?

No, but I see no reason that it couldn't be. 

Consider that <object> just allows the user to view data that the browser is 
incapable of displaying by itself. image/png, image/mng, and image/svg all 
come to mind, but so do application/msword and text/rtf. 

I can see no reason that an <object> might not be used to allow the user to 
edit (for example) a spreadsheet, SVG diagram, or rich-text field. Simply 
because the majority of plugins are output only doesn't mean that they all 
have to be. 

(From a technical point-of-view: Can [Netscape] plugins actually provide 
data for form submission? I didn't think they could, so in practice, this 
may be restricted to ActiveX controls). 


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