[whatwg] Thoughts on HTML 5 - dialog

fantasai fantasai.lists at inkedblade.net
Wed May 14 11:37:29 PDT 2008

Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Tue, 13 May 2008, Zachary Carter wrote:
>> FWIW, in my first encounter with HTML5 <dialog> I assumed it meant a 
>> dialog box. This might be due to my experience with the <dialog> element 
>> in XUL[1], which is used for that. Also, dialog boxes are generally more 
>> common from my browsing experience, so I hadn't considered the 
>> alternative usage at first.
> I agree that the initial name, if that's all you see, has the opportunity 
> to confuse, but once you read what the element was really for, did the 
> confusion continue to be a problem?

Of course most people using these elements won't be reading the spec.
It is quite likely that someone will assume <dialog> is the "correct"
tag to use for a CSS+JS dialog box.


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