evolt.org Interviews Eric Meyer
Saturday January 25th, 2003
evolt.org has an interview with Eric Meyer, who works as a Standards Evangelist for Netscape. Eric has written many books and articles about Web standards, runs his own weblog and regularly contributes to Netscape DevEdge. The interview concentrates on CSS and features a healthy amount of plugs for Eric's latest book, Eric Meyer on CSS.
#11 Re: Really?
by Querty <email@example.com>
Sunday January 26th, 2003 4:16 PM
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Good points. I suppose though, but feel free to correct me, that CSS does apply to form elements, but that the implementation is sometimes ambiguous and inadequate for the intended purpose.
Basically (with some obvious exceptions like input type="file") I believe CSS can be used to style elements like buttons, textfields, checkboxes just fine. The fact that there are differences between browsers is in itself not a reason to dismiss the standard. I agree that a browser should allow OS native widgets to be used (as a preference). Mozilla gets styling of form elements right most of the time. IE is (in my opinion) really a bad example when discussing standards, its CSS support is too broken.
I feel that the situation is not as bad as you describe. I'm sure CSS3 will address some of the issues with forms, but CSS 1/2 can be used (at least in part) to change the appearance of form elements.