[whatwg] Comments on Web Forms 2.0

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Thu Jun 10 11:07:42 PDT 2004

Peter-Paul Koch wrote:
>> I would start using it immediately.  Not just in new projects, or as a 
>> new strategy and direction for development, I'd just start using it.
>> No other upcoming developments offer this possibility.
> I feel exactly the same. In fact, I've decided to implement Web Forms in 
> my standard JavaScript form validation module. It won't be ready for 
> quite some time yet, but this specification is exactly what I need.
>> But coding each of these things in Javascript is challenging -- it
>> requires extensive testing, and it's common that the result won't be
>> extensible, robust, or sufficiently general.
> Sure, but it's not *that* difficult.

Sure.  But *I* don't want to do it for each project.  I don't think we 
actually disagree -- I'm just saying that a lot of these DHTML tricks 
(server side programmers tend to see these as tricks, at least) aren't 
as widely used because of the difficulty of implementing and maintaining 

The spec makes these more accessible, even if the underlying 
implementation (in Javascript) has been possible for a while now.  I was 
just arguing that the spec is meaningful and useful despite the fact 
that all its pieces can be implemented now regardless of any spec.


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