[whatwg] [WF3] The <altinput> Element

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Oct 22 01:05:27 PDT 2008

On Sun, 28 Aug 2005, Matthew Raymond wrote:
>    The <altinput> element is intended to be a possible alternative to my 
> earlier <dataentry> element.
> [...]

I studied these proposals in depth.

To summarise for people who weren't there 3 years ago or who have 
forgotten, the context is providing elements to better provide fallback 
markup for things like <input type=date>, so that during the transition 
from no support to wide-spread support people can write both sets of 

The proposals are quite well designed.

However, my concern is that we shouldn't add features that will last for a 
long time but only be useful for a short time. The transition period 
during which people will want to support both is short relative to the 
lifetime of the feature. I fully agree that we should design features that 
have fallback characteristics (obviously), but I am reluctant to create 
features purely for fallback.

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