[whatwg] A better name than <gauge> for the element that shows a measurement
ian at hixie.ch
Mon Mar 20 21:33:12 PST 2006
So one of the HTML5 elements is <gauge>:
Unfortunately, the study Google did on Web authors showed that authors
cannot spell the word "language", and I see no reason to believe that they
might spell "gauge" either. Also, I've typoed the word "gauge" three times
so far in this e-mail, and in the thread where <gauge> was first
mentioned, it was spelt in at least two different ways intentionally
(without even counting the typos in that thread).
So. <gauge> is out. What better element name can people think of? I asked
in some IRC channels, and looked at thesaurii, and the some of the ideas
I've so far dismissed are:
<meter> -- looks odd when taken out of context
<indicator> -- too close to "<progress> indicator"
<display> -- too generic
<counter> -- too confusable with hit counters
<level> -- too generic
<level-indicator> -- too long
<meter> is the best so far. I'm not sure it's better than <gauge>.
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