[whatwg] Suggestion: Implementation of Tabbed Forms

fantasai fantasai.lists at inkedblade.net
Thu Jul 8 06:18:43 PDT 2004

Lachlan Hunt wrote:

> Matthew Raymond wrote:
>> Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>>>   Fair enough.  Perhaps a name that better represents what Ian 
>>> Hickson calls them: mutually exclusive sections, which, BTW, is quite 
>>> a good descriptive name.
>   Maybe something like <exclusive> and <mxsection> (Mutually eXclusive 
> section).
>   That's not an issue for me, since these elements are only there to 
> structure the content into exclusive sections, it shouldn't affect the 
> usability of the document in any way, because, as far as I'm concerned, 
> a well written document should be able to be understood, perhaps not as 
> easily, regardless of the style applied.

I don't see why you're calling these sections "mutually exclusive".
The /presentation/ of each section excludes the presentation of other
sections, but I've yet to see an example of how the sections are
themselves mutually exclusive. As has been described before, degrading
a set of preference panels into a long page of fieldsets makes just
as much logical sense as the tabs, it's just less pleasant to look at.
The one difference I see is that the tabs are "unordered" (i.e. they
can degrade to a set of fieldsets arranged in any order without changing
the meaning, like the items in an unordered list) whilst an actual page
of fieldsets implies ordering (ordered list).



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