[whatwg] Comments on Web Forms 2.0 Working Draft

Christian Schmidt whatwg.org at chsc.dk
Fri Jun 11 14:04:36 PDT 2004

Ian Hickson wrote:
> I have changed the setValidity method to address your concern. It is now
> setCustomValidity() and takes a string argument instead of a boolean. Thus
> when you set the custom error bit, you are forced to give an error message
> that the UA can then give to the user.

> In addition to the setCustomValidity() method change above, I've also
> added a validityMessage attribute that returns what the UA would report if
> it was to report an error at that point.
> Does that address your two concerns?
Not quite.

My suggestion about adding an onvalidate event was to make it clear to
authors when they should do their validation, and also to make the code
easier to read and understand.

The custom validation could be done in onchange or oninput, but that may
turn out to be too often or too rare. One UA may choose to only do
validation and display errors on form submission and when form.validate()
is called, while another UA may do validation on every keypress (and
perhaps show a check mark next to valid controls, and a small help icon
that shows the error message in a tooltip).

If validity is the sum of several ERROR_* constants including
ERROR_USER_DEFINED and the UA only displays the error message related to
one constant at a time, it would probably make sense to display the one
set with setCustomValidity() first (it would probably be more specific
than the standard messages). I don't know whether this behaviour should be
required by UA's or even suggested in the spec.

My suggestion about an errorMessage/validityMessage was primarily to allow
authors to set the property, but reading it may also be useful.


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