[whatwg] Textarea Wishlist
jg307 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Jul 1 12:41:42 PDT 2004
James Graham wrote:
> I was having thoughts about a somewhat similar feature - the ability to
> specify a input 'language' for a text-area
Thnking a little more, I think that the first partt of this idea alone
(i.e. an attribute to specify the data type expected in a text area)
would be useful enough to implement alone. This would allow browsers to
implement syntax highlighting, check for XML well-formedness and provide
access to helper applications relevant to the data type.
So something that would roughly work: Add an optional dataformat (better
name?) attribute that takes a URI. For XML formats, this will typically
be the namespace of the format, for other formats it must simply be
globally unique. Additionally, specify a set of string -> URI mappings
for common formats such as HTML, XHTML and others so they may be
identified by the shorter string (which must not be a valid URI) rather
than the long URI. The behavior of the UA in response to the presence of
the attribute is not specified.
"If anybody ever tells you that you’re using the language incorrectly,
just yell 'prescriptive grammarian!' at the top of your voice and all
the linguists in the building will run over and surround the guy... and
then they’ll rough him up"
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