[whatwg] [WF2] Objection to autocomplete Attribute

Matthew Raymond mattraymond at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 21 07:07:07 PST 2005

Olav Junker Kjær wrote:
> Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>>Then, please at least deprecate it.  If it's only being defined to help 
>>with interopable implementations, that's fine, but it's use should be 
>>discouraged as much as possible, therefore it should be deprecated.
> If I understand correctly, your objection against "autocomplete" is that
> it specifies UI behavior rather than semantic information about the data
> (like a "sensitiveinput" attribute would).
> This could easily be solved by keeping the name "autocomplete" but
> redefine its sematics as indicating that the input data is sensitive. (the
> recommended default UI in UA's that support autocompletion would still be
> as described in the spec). Of course the name will be slightly misleading
> now, but thats not a big deal. "checkbox" is also a name that suggest an
> UI representation, but the semantics is still defined as UI neutral.

    I like this idea. Let the UAs keep their implementations without 
violating WF2, while at the same time define the spec so that it doesn't 
forbid implementations that empower the users. All in a sweet 
semantic-coated shell. ;)

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