[whatwg] [wf2] Default submit button determination and autofocus
ian at hixie.ch
Thu Apr 7 08:38:04 PDT 2005
On Thu, 7 Apr 2005, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> Current WF2 defines a way to determinate the default submit button.
> While it is quite useful it would be even more useful if you could
> decide which is the default submit button in WF2 compliant UAs:
> # woo_ who really programs like that though.. "well, the first button
> # is ALWAYS going to be the button I want to have executed"
> # woo_ they apparently never had "customers"
> ASP.NET2 provides quite a useful way to point to the default submit button
I agree, but I think we should wait for WF3 before adding more features.
WF2 is a quite big enough spec as it is, we don't want to require too big
a jump for implementors to go from WF1 (HTML4+DOM2 HTML) to WF2. Consider
CSS2: it introduced too much compared to CSS1, and so implementors never
fully implemented it. There is a real danger in overreaching here. Before
we add more, we have to work out what parts of WF2 are not actually used
enough to warrant their inclusion, IMHO.
> Personally I think declaring them on the FORM element might make more sense.
There is not always a <form> element. For example, in simple cases that
are just use an input field for interaction with some scripted code.
> I know this would require quite some changes to the specification but I
> think it is worth it and since the specification would get another call
> for comments...
The idea is to have a call for comments with _no_ comments, not to keep
changing the spec. :-) Every time we change the spec, people have to
re-check the changes to make sure they agree with them, and if they don't,
they comment. So every change increases the likelihood that someone will
send a comment. And if they do, and that results in changes, we have to
have another call for comments, etc. So just because we're going to have a
call for comments doesn't mean it's open season for changes. :-)
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