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

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] lynx2.8.7dev.10
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 06:14:43 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 22 Sep 2008, Thorsten Glaser wrote:

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.  lynx already treated the "disabled" attribute in the way
that was needed for readonly, so I added it to that flow.  I also modified
the ^X-e logic so that while you can edit an external file with the
textarea's content, it won't be read back into the page.

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.

but then one couldn't navigate - keep in mind that text fields can contain
data that is only visible by left/right scrolling on a line.  Making them
totally inert would prevent that from being seen.

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).

yes, I know - didn't get to it.  There are some rough places in dev.10
that I have next on my list to iron out (some of the Unix platforms need
work to make the print-format stuff auto-configure properly).

patches of course, are welcome...

Thomas E. Dickey

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