[whatwg] Re: LABEL and radio/checkbox onclick

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sun Aug 29 10:30:08 PDT 2004

On Thu, 26 Aug 2004, Malcolm Rowe wrote:
> > >
> > > 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.

Fair enough.

> 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.

True. But plugins aren't going to work reliably across platforms anyway, 
so aren't a real solution to anything here.

> (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).

I don't think the NPAPI currently supports that. But if it did, it could 
just as easily have a way of saying "handle labels that point to me like 

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