[whatwg] Thoughts on HTML 5 - dialog
mikewse at hotmail.com
Tue May 13 23:51:42 PDT 2008
Zachary Carter wrote:
> FWIW, in my first encounter with HTML5 <dialog> I assumed it meant a
> dialog box.
Yes, I assumed the same thing. I think it would be better to not use
such an overloaded term for the stated purpose.
The spec itself uses "dialog" in both meanings:
3.4.6 ... tabbed dialogs ... (= dialog box)
3.9.5 dialog element (= conversations)
4.2 ... showModalDialog (= dialog box)
4.5.1 Simple dialogs (= dialog boxes)
I think it would be better to choose any other word from the
suggested ones, as I think most of them do not already have
another meaning within the HTML5 spec.
The first paragraph of 3.9.5 gives a hint:
"The dialog element represents a conversation."
so my first recommendation would be to go for <conversation> and
live with its length.
Many other element names are abbreviated so could also opt for
<spkdlg> ("spoken dialog")
Ian Hickson wrote:
> I agree that the initial name, if that's all you see, has the
> to confuse, but once you read what the element was really
> for, did the
> confusion continue to be a problem?
Personally, I guess I can learn the intended meaning of the
element. But, each time I see the element there is a feeling that
this is wrong and I have to focus to remember the element's real
I guess this is what more people are feeling and that this is
why you are getting so much feedback on this fairly simple issue.
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