[whatwg] Errormessages in forms

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Nov 5 07:32:41 PST 2008

On Mon, 21 Jul 2008, Keryx Web wrote:
> 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?:

     <input name="idfield" ...>
     <strong class="error"> Must be a valid value </strong>

> And by adding a new element the following two additional benefits could 
> be achieved:
> 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.

Opera seems to use a pop-up UI, which seems fine, and less likely to 
cause problems.

> 2. Assistive technology can use this additional semantics and it is not 
> hard to imagine how that could lead to better user experiences.

It's not clear to me how.

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