[whatwg] Re: Web Forms 2: Altenative to <select editable>

Malcolm Rowe malcolm-what at farside.org.uk
Thu Jun 24 11:48:52 PDT 2004

Ian Hickson writes:
>> As you point out, we do also have the option of using both: a text box
>> paired with a select, in some form. While that provides the right
>> functionality in legacy clients, it'd be quite complex to author and use
>> (at the server-side), and I'd imagine, very complex for UA authors to
>> support.
> Yeah, I'm not sure it's worth the effort.

The functionality in general, or pairing an input and select specifically? 
If the latter, I agree. If the former, well, it'd be a pity, but if we can't 
come up with something acceptable .. 

>> Just for the record, what I eventually ended up suggesting was something
>> you didn't mention. It worked out to something like this: 
>>    <input type="email" name="test" data="...">
>>     <option>foo</option>
>>     <option>bar</option>
>>    </input> 
>> .. but I also noted several problems with that approach.
> That wouldn't be parsed that way in HTML (tag soup) parsers. 
> Since <input> has no end tag, the <input> and <option> elements there
> would be siblings, and you'd end up with browsers doing all kinds of
> strange things. 
> It could work in XHTML-only pages, but we'd need a solution in the
> meantime for HTML4 pages.

Yeah, complete brokenness in existing clients _was_ the main problem I noted 


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