[html5] Validation and <input>

john lists1 at caenim.com
Sun Dec 2 11:22:50 PST 2007

On 2007/12/01, at 13:31, Simon Pieters wrote:

> On Sat, 01 Dec 2007 20:49:05 +0100, john <lists1 at caenim.com> wrote:
>> I'm a little confused about the results I am getting from the  
>> (X)HTML5
>> validator[1]. I have a very basic test page[2] setup like so:
>>     <!doctype html>
>>     <head><title>input</title></head>
>>     <body>
>>      <fieldset>
>>       <legend>Search this site</legend>
>>       <form method="get" action="/search">
>>        <input name="Search" type="text" value="search">
>>       </form>
>>      </fieldset>
>>     </body>
>> Which looks valid as far as I can tell from the Web Forms and HTML5
>> specs, yet the validator says:
>>> Error: Bad value “text” for attribute “type” on element “input”.
> The error message is correct, but very confusing.
> <form> needs block-level children, just like in HTML4. However,  
> unlike HTML4, in HTML5 you can put hidden inputs as direct children  
> of <form>. Therefore, when the validator finds an <input> as a child  
> of <form>, it expects type= to be "hidden".
> The way to solve this is obviously not to change the type="" but to  
> put the <input> in a block-level element such as <p>, or in this  
> case nest the fieldset in the form instead.
> HTH,
> -- 
> Simon Pieters

Thanks guys. After reading your emails I went back and re-read the  
specs and now (I think) it makes perfect sense. It at least makes  
enough sense to get my form validating.

thanks again,

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