[whatwg] Errormessages in forms
webmaster at keryx.se
Mon Jul 21 11:39:24 PDT 2008
Now it has been a while since anyone proposed a new element...
But I can't remember if this has been discussed in any detail...
So here it comes!
I suggest that we investigate if an errormsg element could be useful. It
should be a sibling element to label and have a similar for-attribute.
A simple use case: It is getting quite common to have the following:
<strong class="error"> Must be a valid value</strong>
<input id="myfield" etc />
But presentationwise it should be displayed like this:
Instructions [ (input) ] Must be a valid value
Using today's techniques all solutions come out a bit hackish. CSS 3
layout modules (far into the future) might alleviate some of that, but
it will not provide any semantics. By adding a designated element we
also gain the possibility of moving the error messages out of the label
elements, without loosing their association to the input elements.
Design becomes easier and new designs become possible.
And by adding a new element the following two additional benefits could
1. A default hook for errormessages from the UA. I.e. if a field has an
associated errormsg-element the UA knows exactly where to put its messages.
Consider this markup:
<input id="foo" required... >
<errormsg for="foo" />
If a user submits the form with non-valid field and no JS solution
intercepts the UA SHOULD look for errormsg-elements and put its error
messages there. That means a designer keeps some control even if he
relies solely upon the UA's built in handling of invalid form values.
2. Assistive technology can use this additional semantics and it is not
hard to imagine how that could lead to better user experiences.
For completeness sake this element should be treated just like label in
most cases, i.e, if clicked it should fire events, set checkboxes and
radiobuttons, etc, just like clicking a label element would. And it
would also have a similar function in the DOM.
Perhaps the era of adding new elements has passed HTML 5 by, but I
thought this could really be useful.
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