[whatwg] Suggestion for Menus in Web Forms 2.0

Matthew Raymond mattraymond at earthlink.net
Wed Dec 8 15:19:46 PST 2004

Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Nov 2004, Matthew Raymond wrote:
>>   Yeah, I'm aware of that. The idea with <select multiple> was to allow 
>>something that could, if the UA vendor chooses, be rendered as a simple 
>>tree view. Full-blown tree view markup would probably exceed menu 
>>systems in complexity.
> Well, nothing stops UAs from implementing <select multiple> using a tree 
> view today.

    Not entirely true. Remember that <optgroup>, in HTML 4.01, can't be 
nested. Therefore, at best you only have two levels, which doesn't lend 
itself well to a tree. Therefore, under the existing HTML standard, 
there's little or no incentive to use a tree view. Heck, we have a hard 
enough time getting vendors to implement |label| for <option> elements! 
(Say, can we get <option label=""> support into the WF2 emulation for IE?)

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