[whatwg] Allowing authors to obtain a vertical <input type=range>

Dave Raggett dsr at w3.org
Thu Mar 28 03:10:41 PDT 2013

Is the orientation independent of or effected by the text directionality 
in the context in which the input element occurs?

On 27/03/13 18:20, Mounir Lamouri wrote:
> On 26/03/13 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:
>>> http://www.w3.org/mid/514A17D4.3070806@jwatt.org
>>> 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
>>> specification.
>> 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>
> I think that the orient attribute should be used for <progress> and
> <meter> too and those elements would need a third state in addition of
> 'vertical' and 'horizontal' that would be 'square' (or 'round' or
> 'center', whatever is the best name). That would allow spinners for
> <progress> [1] or round <progress>/<meter> UI like [2].
> Using a vertical attribute would hardly solve those use cases whilst the
> orient attribute would deal with them quite easily.
> I also agree that 'auto' is a pretty undesirable behaviour. As far as I
> know, this is the behaviour <input type='range'> is requested to have
> and no one implemented it. Microsoft expressed their concerns about it
> two years ago to www-style [3].
> [1] http://i.stack.imgur.com/bdrWh.png
> [2] http://www.clker.com/cliparts/L/c/G/Z/z/U/masque-alpha-camembert-md.png
> [3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-style/2011Apr/0386.html
> --
> Mounir

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