[whatwg] Pattern Hint

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sat Oct 8 10:41:19 PDT 2005

On Sat, 8 Oct 2005, Matthew Raymond wrote:
>    But the example text I have was for the tooltip, not for the pattern 
> hint. The pattern hint might be "Format: #### #### #### ####" or "Enter 
> in the full credit card number without any spaces." And this hint would 
> need to be visible while the user it typing, or else they have to stop 
> typing, take one hand completely off the keyboard and put it on the 
> mouse, then hover the pointer over the control until the tooltip 
> appears. Pattern hints, in legacy HTML at least, need to be text in the 
> web page and not tooltips.

You can put whatever you want in the content itself -- why would you need 
an attribute for this? I don't understand. What you're describing is 
already done today and works fine in existing browsers on all media.

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