[whatwg] Context help in Web Forms
chaals at opera.com
Sat Jun 11 07:29:43 PDT 2005
On Mon, 06 Jun 2005 12:07:16 +0200, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> On Sat, 28 May 2005, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>> it would be helpful to have a way of including extra help, which may be
>> provided by a popup dialogue, mouseover, etc.
> The HTML4 "title" attribute provides this.
> At one point we considered having a second attribute with a URI, help="",
> similar to the XForms equivalent, for more detailed context-sensitive
> help. However, we got feedback from implementors and Web designers saying
> it wouldn't be that useful since it was not discoverable, and so it was
Hang on, you mean the people who would implement the discovery mechanism
said there won't be one, so they don't recommend it? I presume not, but
that's how I keep reading this. Can you please clarify?
> In HTML5 it is likely that a rel="" value for the <a> element will be
> introduced which could be used to provide context-sensitive help while
> still having discoverability for the common case: the link would be
> visible in the markup, and the UA would be able to determine the closest
> matching such link (according to a given algorithm) when looking for
I guess you were thinking "closest form control" or something.
"Nearness" seems in general like a really bad way to guess where the help
is. Do you mean closest in the markup, or in the laid-out rendering? If
the link were required to be inside a label in order to be associated with
a form control, that might make sense though.
Charles McCathieNevile chaals at opera.com
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