[whatwg] [Web Forms 2.0] Last minute suggestion - The <format> element.

Jim Ley jim.ley at gmail.com
Sun Jan 23 03:26:15 PST 2005

On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 02:07:49 +0100, Olav Junker Kjær <olav at olav.dk> wrote:
> Matthew Raymond wrote:
> >    Some webmasters, however, may want everyone to enter the date in the
> > exact same format, for the sake of consistency (which would be useful to
> > simplify employee training, for instance). This can be accomplished by
> > assigning the value "entry" to the |applyon| attribute:
> This defeats the idea that the datetime control should be localized and
> feel native.

feel native ?!?!?!   The majority of Web UI features don't feel
native, Mozilla and Opera use non-native controls (sensible approach
to develop multi-platform, but it means they don't follow native
conventions often)

> Many platform datetime selectors allows the use to select
> the date from a calendar and displays it formatted something like
> "Saturday, January 22, 2005" in the users language. By constraining the
> date control to follow a simple format string, a lot of UI power is
> lost. (Btw. the point of hiding the hint for WF2 compliant browsers is
> lost if WF2 users should enter data in the exact same format.)
> But I think its a good idea to be able to specify the exact submission
> format, since this will make adoption and backwards compatibility easier.
> regards
> Olav Junker Kjær

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