[whatwg] Errormessages in forms

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Mon Jul 21 13:31:36 PDT 2008

Keryx Web wrote:
> 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:
> <label for="myfield">Instructions
>   <strong class="error"> Must be a valid  value</strong>
> </label>
> <input id="myfield" etc />
> But presentationwise it should be displayed like this:
> Instructions  [ (input) ] Must be a valid value


What's wrong with:

<label for="myfield">Instructions</label>
<input id="myfield" etc />
<label for="myfield" class="error"> Must be a valid  value</label>

Can an input not have 2 labels?

Robert (Jamie) Munro

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