[thelist] FORMs question

Andrew Clover and-evolt at doxdesk.com
Mon Dec 20 10:46:07 CST 2004

Sarah Sweeney <mr.sanders at designshift.com> wrote:

> I don't see this attribute in the W3C specs - is it a standard 
> attribute? Will it work cross-browser?

No, and no. contenteditable is part of IE's wide-ranging ability to 
edit/not-edit any part of an HTML page in-place, so supporting it is a 
big job for any browser. There is some argument about whether Mozilla 
should implement it; my personal opinion is 'no' as I believe the 
feature to be badly-designed and misconceived. (For argument's sake, I 
would much prefer any HTML-editing facility to be accessible through 
<textarea type="text/html">.)

Anyway back in the real world, readonly (readonly="readonly" in XHTML) 
is a much better choice for normal circumstances.

Andrew Clover
mailto:and at doxdesk.com

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