[whatwg] [WA1] menus

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Mon Nov 17 23:59:16 PST 2008

On Fri, 10 Dec 2004, Matthew Raymond wrote:
> > > 
> > > "An unassociated <label> element has no semantic meaning."
> > 
> > It's a label. It just doesn't label anything. I don't see any reason 
> > to say that it stops being a label just because it isn't labelling 
> > anything.
> I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. A <label> could, in 
> theory, have a different default styling depending on what kind of 
> control it's associated with. For instance, under Windows XP, a radio 
> button label has a dotted (or dashed?) border around it when the control 
> is selected. However, the same does not hold true for labels of 
> textboxes, even though they may still have access keys.
> Without an associated control, the control should probably just inherit 
> the text styling, background, et cetera of the parent. Otherwise, the 
> user agent vendor has to figure out what the default style should be 
> without a point of reference in the OS. In fact, labels in many 
> operating systems are just blocks of text, so treating unassociated 
> <label> elements as nothing more than a kind of <span> element is 
> probably best for most platforms.

Do you think the current text is ok in this regard?

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