[whatwg] Introducing new elements is expensive

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sun Mar 20 18:26:47 PST 2005

On Fri, 11 Mar 2005, Matthew Raymond wrote:
>    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?

The calculation not being available is not a WF2 vs non-WF2 issue. It's a 
WF2-with scriptin vs anything else issue. Thus you would want to do 
something like:

   <output>(Calculation not available)</output>

...and then change that via script at the earliest opportunity.

> Is this an example of Ian trying to avoid <noscript>-style elements?

There is that too.

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