[whatwg] Pattern Hint
ian at hixie.ch
Fri Oct 7 14:54:42 PDT 2005
On Fri, 7 Oct 2005, Matthew Raymond wrote:
> There is a certain presumption that the author doesn't want to use
> |title| for any other purpose than providing input hints. This is
> potentially erroneous. For instance, the |title| may describe the
> purpose of the input rather than the input pattern. If someone is
> inputting a credit card number, it may be to hold a reservation rather
> than make payment, and the author may wish to communicate that via a
> tooltip. By making the |title| the semantic method of providing pattern
> hints, you block the web author from using tooltips for any other
> purpose, and that's even assuming the user agent won't treat |title| as
> a special case when applied to form controls.
I'd agree this was a problem, if authors ever used title="" in the first
But in this case that's fine. title="Your credit card number. This is
used for reserving your flight only." is perfect conformant and good.
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