[webkit-dev] Implementation thoughts on HTML5 elements

Oliver Hunt oliver at apple.com
Wed Aug 26 15:57:31 PDT 2009

On Aug 26, 2009, at 3:53 PM, Peter Kasting wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:49 PM, Anthony Ricaud <rik24d at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
> For other types (email, tel, url), sure, authors can't implement  
> anything similar. But they can style them differently, offer  
> indications on how to fill them, etc. One of the reason to use new  
> input types in HTML5 is that they degrade gracefully, offering hooks  
> to authors to enhance their pages for browsers not supporting them  
> while providing the "native" version for browsers supporting them.  
> That's no longer possible if new types are exposed without new  
> functionality.
> Yes, you said as much already.  I maintain that there's no UI for  
> email, tel, url that authors can expect a UA to provide, and not  
> providing things like integration with a system address book is not  
> "exposing a new type without new functionality" in the sense that  
> the UA is somehow lacking something in the spec.
The site doesn't rely on the UA providing a nice UI, but by setting  
these attributes it allows a UA that *can* provide an enhanced user  
experience to do so.  For instance type=search does not have to do  
anything, but on UAs that support it, it can maintain things like  
search history or whatnot.

There is also the potential for these attributes to allow improved  
support for accessibility or input methods.


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