[whatwg] Status bars and progress indicators
mikko.rantalainen at peda.net
Thu Sep 23 02:53:20 PDT 2004
Matthew Raymond wrote:
> Daniel O'Connor wrote:
>>HTML shouldn't give the user agent any kind of direction on rendering
> You're thinking <progressmeter>, which was already suggested. The
> element <gauge>/<gage> (I do not pretend to have accurate information on
> which spelling is more widely used), is intended to show a percentage in
> situations where a progress meter would be confusing, like in search
> engines where they give you a percent match to your query. This need not
> resemble a progress bar.
+1 for "status". I think "gauge" (I prefer this spelling even though
I live in Finland) gives too much direction for rendering. Somehow I
immediately think round display when somebody says "gauge".
Regardless of the word that ends up being used I think the element
should also have property to tell which value is "GOOD" and which is
"BAD". For example, for search results having 95% to render as green
bar is okay whereas 95% for CPU temperature is bad and it should be
rendered as red. Obviously the indicator for good/bad could be
something else but color but you get the idea.
Make sure to support status/gauge where good value is something in
between. For example, think motor temperature of an automobile; it's
bad if it's too low and it's bad if it's too high.
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