[whatwg] <progress> draft

Ric Hardacre whatwg at cycloid.f9.co.uk
Tue Mar 28 04:02:26 PST 2006

Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
> On Mar 28, 2006, at 9:05 PM, Ric Hardacre wrote:
>> Ian Hickson wrote:
>> ...
>>>> The only difference between meter and progress is the potential for 
>>>> progress to be dynamic.
>>> That's a big difference. It means the UI for one has to show that it 
>>> is static, and the UI for the other has to show that it should "end".
>> which is laudable, and makes sense, but each will be updatable on the 
>> fly. a meter has to have this ability, e.g. allowing CNN to show the 
>> election votes cast on their home page, updated asynchronously.
>> ...
> Sure, but they have different meanings. Progress bars are intended to 
> reach 100% unless cancelled; vote counts are not. In Mac OS, and many 
> Gnome and KDE themes, <progress> will have an animated appearance by 
> default; <meter> will not.

you mean the progress bars that just show a bar bouncing back and forth 
or scrolling across and therefore not actually showing the amount of 

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