[whatwg] Menus, fallback, and backwards compatibility: ideas wanted

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Mon Nov 28 13:05:19 PST 2005

Ian Hickson wrote:
> The reason I suggested that we should allow for easy fallback onto 
> <select> is that for the menu-button use case, it's very easy to implement 
> that kind of menu using <select> (and is done often today), and so it 
> would allow for a seamless fallback (if we do it right).

But if you fall back to <select>, doesn't that mean you'll be limiting 
the model to the flat menus that <select> allows?  I.e., you'll be 
disallowing things like Open > Recent Documents > (list of documents). 
Unless you are proposing <select>'s simply as a suggestion for backward 
compatibility, that is completely ignored (i.e., removed from the DOM) 
in the presence of a menu implementation (in-browser or with Javascript)...?

Ian Bicking  /  ianb at colorstudy.com  /  http://blog.ianbicking.org

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