[BSDCert] HTML bugs?
jpb at sixshooter.v6.thrupoint.net
Mon Apr 25 09:12:37 EDT 2005
* Dan Bernard <djb29 at cwru.edu> [2005-04-25 05:45]:
> There was some talk on the list about the format of a survey being potentially
> problematic with regard to input, i.e. check boxes vs. radio buttons, and ease
> of internationalization while maintaining the same format. It may be hard to
> say whether the group should take suggestions from the community on creating
> simple surveys in HTML, as this usually leads to bikeshed discussions, but I
> feel obligated to chime in when things break in standards-compliant browsers.
> With regard to the recently posted survey, I could not help but notice that
> there was no place to enter an e-mail address for a chance at winning a copy
> of Bruce Montague's new book. Looking back, the same problem presents itself
> if you were interested in specifying something for "Other BSD" (I assumed this
> was a result of fancy code that would magically open a text field in the event
> that I had selected said check box, upon first glance). I could be wrong, but
> the culprit appears to be each line containing the following:
> input type="text" size="0"
> Due to hardware limitations, my selection of browsers does not leave a lot of
> room for experimentation. This problem is noticeable in W3M and Links. When
> I dug up some rotting remnants of lynx, it turned out to be surprisingly more
> resilient in ignoring 0-length specifications on text fields.
> I'm no HTML guru, so I am not sure whether having such odd text fields is good
> practice or not, but HTML that does not render in popular (text) browsers can
> probably be written better. At this point, it may be too late to change this
> survey, but in the future, more testing for compatibility would be desirable.
> Dan Bernard
Thanks for your note. We did test for compatibility with several browsers
and corrected several issues. This effect did not come up in our testing.
We appreciate your bringing it up.
We've received approximately 170 completed surveys to date. There are over
140 responses to question 8 (optional email address). The longest is 36
I'll see if we can modify the survey in place to set a non-zero text size
for that question.
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