[whatwg] [Web Forms 2.0] Last minute suggestion - The <format> element.
jonas at sicking.cc
Fri Jan 21 13:11:59 PST 2005
Matthew Raymond wrote:
> The one thing that still concerns me about my <format> suggestion is
> how browsers should parse the contents of a <format> element. We don't
> want different browsers processing the string differently, yielding
> browser-dependent date/time formats. Any suggestions?
I think it will be very difficult to have browsers parse it. First off,
authors probably want to put much more then the actual format in there,
like a text like: "Please write year followed by month followed by day,
for example may first 2004 is written as 20040501". I.e. they some
descriptionary text that might not include the format in a parseable way
Second, you might WF2 enabled UAs to display the date in a different
format from what non-WF2 UAs should use. For example you might want to
display the weekday, but not force people to manually figure out the
weekday and type it in. It is probably pretty common to want to have a
shorter format manually typed to reduce the amount of errors, but want
WF2 UAs to display an elaborate string since that's easier to read.
That said, I do think a simple <format> element would be usefull which
WF2 UAs would ignore and not display.
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