[whatwg] Textarea's changing dom

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Jul 6 16:10:08 PDT 2004

On Fri, 2 Jul 2004, martijnw wrote:
> http://www.w3.org/TR/DOM-Level-2-HTML/html.html#ID-24874179
> "value of type DOMString
>     Represents the current contents of the corresponding form control,
> in an interactive user agent. Changing this attribute changes the
> contents of the form control, but does not change the contents of the
> element."
> I would rather have it that changing the dom attribute 'value' or typing
> in the textarea, would also change the contents of the textnode in the
> textarea.

Unfortunately this would not be a backwards-compatible change.

> In that way the dom level 2 traversal and range specification would not
> be useless for textarea's.
> The same goes for input text controls and probably also for other form
> controls.

We will definitely be looking into ways of addressing these problems,
either in Web Apps 1.0 or in a later spec.

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