Inline Edit: empty fields and minimum widths

Michael S Elledge elledge at
Mon Jul 7 15:43:35 UTC 2008

How about using putting the input field in a CSS class containing the 
"inline" attribute?


Anastasia Cheetham wrote:
> Hi, all,
> I've run into a bit of a roadblock implementing a minimum width for an  
> empty Inline Edit. I'm hoping someone can offer a suggestion.
> The problem is this:
> It seems you can't set a minimum width on <span> elements without  
> setting them to "display:block" (if anyone knows otherwise, please  
> correct me!!).
> Why does this matter?
> In-line elements (like <span>) are preferable to block-level elements  
> in the case where the element is 'in line' with other elements (duh)  
> because block-level elements are displayed on their own separate line.  
> For an example, see the very last line of the following manual test  
> file:
> This line is broken up into several inline edits. Admittedly, having  
> an entire sentence consist of a bunch of inline edits is not  
> realistic, but I imagine that having a single inline edit that is  
> actually in line with other text would not be out of line.
> If these elements in the sample page were created using <div>s, or if  
> their 'display' style was set to 'block,' then each chuck would appear  
> on a separate line, which would obviously not be desirable.
> (Aside: If the Inline Edit is implemented using a <div>, the width  
> defaults to the full screen, which is evident if you roll your cursor  
> over the very first line of the test page: the highlight is quite  
> apparent, and would be so even if the field were empty (so long as a  
> min height is set).)
> The end result of this is that I can't figure out how to implement a  
> guaranteed minimum width for an empty inline edit field.
> Any input on how I might do this, or on how important it is to support  
> an empty field (i.e. instead of forcing an 'invitation text' display  
> in an empty field)?
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