[whatwg] Introducing new elements is expensive
mattraymond at earthlink.net
Fri Mar 11 07:57:30 PST 2005
Olav Junker Kjær wrote:
> The "output" element in WF2 shouldn't really be a new element. The
> semantics and interface are very similar to the input element
> (especially a input type=text with readonly). I suggest changing
> <output> to <input type=output>.
> Only important difference is the fallback behavior. An <output> element
> would not be submitted in a non-WF2 UA, an <input type=output> would,
> since it would default to <input type=text>. This is not a big deal,
> though, since we can just avoid giving the field a name attribute.
I can see where you're coming from, and on some levels I agree, but
I would point out two things here. The first is obvious: <input> is for
input. To use an <input> as a way of outputting data to the user is
The second problem is that the <input> element is typically a
widget, even when it's of type "text" and read-only. There is no
guarantee that the chrome of the widget will not display.
By the way, is there a reason that <output> can't have a |value|
attribute? What if we want the initial contents on a legacy UA to be
"Calculation Not Available", or perhaps an <input type="text" readonly>
element like you suggest? Is this an example of Ian trying to avoid
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