[whatwg] Suggestion: Implementation of Tabbed Forms

R.J. Keller rjkeller at gmail.com
Mon Jun 28 19:10:51 PDT 2004

On Tue, 29 Jun 2004 09:50:56 +1000, Lachlan Hunt
<lachlan.hunt at iinet.net.au> wrote:
>    No!  Tabs are a presentational, not structural, and thus should not
> be included in (X)HTML, or any other semantic markup language.

But tabs would be about as presentational as tables, which are
included in the XHTML specification.

> > Something like a number of div's where there's always one visible, and
> > the rest automatically hidden.
>    There are already methods available that do exactly this, which
> remain accessible with either or both CSS and JS unavailable.  For example:
> http://www.alistapart.com/articles/eatcake/
>   * http://www.alistapart.com/d/eatcake/5.html

You can find a way to do almost any feature using CSS and JS, but the
amount of code that would be reduced by this add-on would be enormous.

IMO, this would be a useful for dial-up users who wouldn't need to
download a ton of code to produce this effect. Yes, you can make the
debate that it won't reduce it by much, but it will increase code
readability and decrease download time if there were a lot of tabs.

R.J. Keller
mozilla.org Help Systems Module Owner


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