[whatwg] Suggested changes to Web Forms 2.0, 2004-07-01 working
mattraymond at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 8 05:00:04 PDT 2004
Jim Ley wrote:
> For example hundreds of millions of transactions have
> succesfully gone through HP openskies CGI scripts, which uses a simple
> the datetime). This is a known UI and very successful, how does a
> datetime control really improve the user experience in this case?
It improves it in two ways. First, it allows the UA to present a
standard control regardless of what web server is serving it up. This
prevents the user from being confused about how a specific site's date
picker works. Second, it allows the user to choose a theme or UA that
suits them best. If they don't like how the date picker works in
Firefox, they can change the theme or download a plug-in. Power goes to
the user rather than the web developer.
This also benefits the web server. By using a standard control, the
servers no longer have to worry about serving up additional markup and
websites of smaller businesses who can't afford large web development
budgets to provide a more professional and robust date picker rather
than a text box or similar setup.
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