[whatwg] progress/meter in spec

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Mon Oct 5 19:43:11 PDT 2009

On Wed, 23 Sep 2009, Jim Jewett wrote:
> http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/ uses status.js and 
> status.css to create a popup showing status.
> It shows status of the section (such as "Awaiting implementation 
> feedback" or "Controversial Working Draft"), the number of tests, the 
> number of demos, implementation status for each of (in practice) 5 
> implementations, and last-updated information.
> Am I correct in believing that the implementation statuses would ideally 
> be a set of <progress> elements, even though the progress level won't be 
> likely finish (or even change) during one reading? (And the same for 
> overall section status?)

I think opinions on this are split, and we probably won't be able to 
determine for sure whether such UI is a good idea or not without more 
experience with this in the wild.

> If so, it looks like this is an example of wanting to style based on an 
> arbitrary number of categories/thresholds (here done with classes), and 
> also a fairly good example of the sort of styling that might be desired.  
> (Currently done with dt/dd for the implementation status.)

Sure. The data-* and class="" attributes are pretty much designed for 
this, as far as I can tell.

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