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Re: [Lynx-dev] lynx2.8.7dev.10

From: Thorsten Glaser
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] lynx2.8.7dev.10
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 07:24:03 +0000 (UTC)

Thomas Dickey dixit:

>* implement "readonly" attribute for TEXTAREA and TEXT fields -TD

How? Do you convert them to normal text, or keep them as text fields
which are just unmodifiable?

The latter is inacceptable, because amost always, these read-only
text fields are too small for their content and need horizontal
scrolling (sometimes) or even using ^Xe on them to be able to read
them fully (for example business terms and conditions).

If they were just converted to the equivalent of P tags, for instance,
this would probably be okay.

Consider also the links-and-textfields-are-numbered bug, where the
space used for [ plus number plus ] is subtracted from the INNER
width of the textfields (and still displaying is not always right,
e.g. in the options screen).

Sometimes they [people] care too much: pretty printers [and syntax highligh-
ting, d.A.] mechanically produce pretty output that accentuates irrelevant
detail in the program, which is as sensible as putting all the prepositions
in English text in bold font.   -- Rob Pike in "Notes on Programming in C"

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