Web Forms 2 Repetition Model—please reinstate on specification

# whatwg at aaabit.com (4 years ago)

Please reinstate this feature (Web Forms 2 / Repetition Model) on the
official specification.

My use-case/ justification is explained on this forum thread:

forums.whatwg.org/bb3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4717

I want a declarative solution for simple repetition (e.g. for
scientific data forms, for use in high-security institutions where
Javascript may be disabled); and the ability to write my own
Javascript based solution for anything else. (I can already do the
latter, but the former eludes me; most disappointingly considering
that this feature was well designed and close to being released).

Matthew Slyman

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# Ian Hickson (4 years ago)

On Mon, 19 Sep 2011, whatwg at aaabit.com wrote: >

Please reinstate this feature (Web Forms 2 / Repetition Model) on the official specification.

My use-case/ justification is explained on this forum thread:

forums.whatwg.org/bb3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4717

I want a declarative solution for simple repetition (e.g. for scientific data forms, for use in high-security institutions where Javascript may be disabled); and the ability to write my own Javascript based solution for anything else. (I can already do the latter, but the former eludes me; most disappointingly considering that this feature was well designed and close to being released).

We took it out because it was just far too complicated a solution to solve far too narrow a set of use cases.

However, there is a lot of ongoing work in this area of research, especially currently in the public-webapps at w3.org group. I encourage you to bring up the suggestion there. Unfortunately, coming up with a declarative solution whose cost-to-usefulness ratio is good enough has proven over the years to be a rather elusive goal.

# David Dailey (4 years ago)

I've written lots of forms like the ones in the example provided (with expanding controls for what could be considered repeating values as in database apps). I see it as another possible use case for <replicate> .

See srufaculty.sru.edu/david.dailey/svg/SVGOpen2010/replicate.htm (look also at the paper as well as the examples)

So now we have three proposed domains for applicability of <replicate>: web

forms. svg, and inkml.

On the other hand, I was one of those who thought <animate> might apply to

domains outside SVG.

# Matthew Slyman (4 years ago)

Matthew Slyman, M.A. Computer Science (Camb)

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