[whatwg] Web Forms 2.0 Feedback
ian at hixie.ch
Tue Dec 7 18:33:38 PST 2004
On Tue, 9 Nov 2004, Matthew Raymond wrote:
> I oppose the idea of having no radio buttons in a radio group
> initially selected. Without some sort of default, there's no way to
> return to the initial state once you've clicked on an option. To allow
> unselected behavior is the functional equivalent of having a default
> option that disappears once you select something other than the default.
> It also creates the following two problems:
> 1) If you have to worry about options not being selected, you have to
> test to see if nothing was selected. In a strict security sense, the
> server should be checking anyway, but in practice this can trip up a lot
> of webmasters.
> 2) If the user fails to select an option from the radio group, is this a
> choice the user made, or did they fail to select an option by accident
> (by forgetting to select and option, paging past the radio group, et
In theory, I agree with you. However, UAs can't do what you ask for.
Whenever a vendor has tried implementing this, they have gotten swamped
with requests to change it back to the IE-compatible behaviour. Sites
depend on this behaviour, and break without it.
This is one of those cases where our hands are tied by legacy content.
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