[whatwg] Re: Suggested changes to Web Forms 2.0, 2004-07-01 working
malcolm-what at farside.org.uk
Thu Jul 8 01:07:59 PDT 2004
Matthew Thomas writes:
>>>> For instance, visual UAs may use a track bar control.
>>> 33. Suggestion: Use more standard terminology.
>>> * "track bar" --> "slider"
>> "track bar" is the control's name in the Win32 API. I'm not sure you can
>> get much more standard.
> Mac OS, Qt, and WxWindows use "slider". (GTK+ uses "scale".) And even for
> Win32 programmers, even allowing for varying spacing, it seems "slider"
> is *much* more common, API be damned.
I've got to agree with Matthew here. IBM's Common User Access guidelines
(CUA87, CUA89, CUA91) (which effectively defined both the OS/2 and Win32
widget set) use 'slider'.
Microsoft also use 'slider' when they're not referring to the Win32 API:
DHTML emulation of the control , MFC (CSliderCtrl) , and Avalon 
all use 'slider'.
So, it's really just the Win32 API that's decided it's a trackbar. The
evidence suggests that everyone else -- past, present, and future -- uses
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