[whatwg] Suggested changes to Web Forms 2.0, 2004-07-01 working draft

Christian Schmidt whatwg.org at chsc.dk
Thu Sep 15 06:38:35 PDT 2005

Ian Hickson wrote:
>> 47. Question: If the disabled attribute can be applied to
>>      <fieldset> elements, why can't it be applied to <form>
>>      elements too?
> Because nobody suggested it.
> Do we really want that? It doesn't seem that useful. What's the use case?

A use case may a form that is designed for users with write permissions.

I may want to use the same form to present the data to users with 
read-only permissions. This could be accomplished by setting the 
disabled attribute on the form. This would make all data visible but 

Hmm, this sounds more like a readonly attribute on the form. Or does it? 
In my use case, submit buttons should be disabled (or hidden). It may 
make sense to enable regular buttons.

Does this make sense? Or is there another easy way to make the same form 
useable for both read-write and read-only users?


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