[whatwg] Allowing authors to obtain a vertical <input type=range>
jwatt at jwatt.org
Tue Mar 26 08:05:58 PDT 2013
On 26/03/2013 14:55, Simon Pieters wrote:
> On Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:07:55 +0100, Jonathan Watt <jwatt at jwatt.org> wrote:
>> The result of the discussion here:
>> is that I've changed Firefox Nightly's handling of <input type=range> to
>> allow it to render as a vertical slider if it has an orient="vertical"
>> attribute on it. There was only one reply to my email to www-style, but
>> the author suggested using an attribute which I'd also concluded was the
>> best thing to do.
>> I'd like to propose that this attribute be added to the HTML5
> I don't have strong opinions on this topic, however, if we are going to
> add an attribute, it would be less verbose to use a boolean attribute:
> <input type=range vertical>
My original approach for supporting vertical range was to have Mozilla's
-moz-orient CSS property apply to <input type=range>, but the initial value of
this property was 'horizontal'. That prevented the auto-orientation hinted at in
the HTML5 spec (and implemented by Opera) where the orientation of the range is
based on the width-to-height ratio of the input, unless explicitly specified by
the author. To fix that I added an 'auto' value for -moz-orient and made that
the initial value. Then I realized that authors will want to style the component
parts of a range differently based on whether it is vertical or horizontal,
which is incompatible with using a CSS property to specify the orientation.
That's how I arrived at using an attribute, and it's to leave open the future
possibility of auto-orientation that I made a direct conversion to an 'orient'
attribute rather than a 'vertical' attribute.
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