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Thread began 5/19/2010 4:57 am by tom113673 | Last modified 5/27/2010 7:02 pm by tom113673 | 2031 views | 16 replies

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Originally Said By: tom113673
  Thanks for your comments. I may not have been very clear in my post. I'm not really interested in Form Builder and certainly wouldn't use it. However the reason I mention it is that it seems it's going to be integrated with DataAssist (or perhaps the new framework too) which could diminish DataAssist's usefulness.

I appreciate that Form Builder may be helpful and produce attractive results for people who don't know CSS or are not concerned about the code it produces. However I would have thought DataAssist is also useful to people who do care about the code (and could possibly write it themselves) and therefore might mind about the poor and inefficient CSS that is automatically generated by DataAssist - as far as I can see, quite unneccessarily.

I would have thought the CSS produced by DataAssist - eg assigning a class to every table cell - is not only inefficient and difficult to work with, but probably more difficult to generate too. Only very little CSS is required on the page - a tiny fraction of what is generated. I expect this approach may have been implemented by someone who was more of a designer, perhaps not so familiar with CSS (though I have no doubt there are employees at Webassist who are experts in all required areas). I don't think the code is the inevitable result of automated code generation.

I hope WA will consider this aspect in the new version of DataAssist. Failing this (or in addition to this) an option to exclude CSS altogether would be very welcome.  



You talk a lot about something you are not interested in! This is a open discussion forum and I'm just giving my opinion about Forum Builder, because YOU where mentioning it to start with. I also wrote about the enormous amount of unnecessary code it is producing exactly the same thing you are talking about. No one is suggesting that you are using it or are going to use it. Maybe you have to read the reactions to your post better! Before you write something like this!!!!!!!!!!!
NEILO thanks for the wonderful tip! This extension can be very handy, downloading it now.

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