[whatwg] Textarea Wishlist

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Aug 25 15:46:24 PDT 2004

On Mon, 9 Aug 2004, Kai Hendry wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 05, 2004 at 05:59:00PM +0000, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > All textareas should have built-in spelling checkers. I don't understand 
> > what an extra button should do, really.
> Perhaps this has been clarified somewhere, but what do you mean by
> "built-in"?

Implemented by the UA.

> I (at least) want to use my $editor in the text area. And in my $editor
> I have a shortcut F8 bound to spell check with aspell.

That would work too.

> I might not be the typical use case, however I think it is appropriate 
> for editors to embed themselves in web forms to give the user their 
> editing environment, be it emacs or notepad.
> Downside is that people would have to choose their editor. And the 
> default for some might suck.

It's also rather confusing for many users.

But yes, that is already allowed by HTML, and is another reason why we 
don't need an explicit spell checker control.

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