[whatwg] native styling for search input boxes

Maciej Stachowiak mjs at apple.com
Wed Oct 1 17:06:39 PDT 2008

On Oct 1, 2008, at 10:04 AM, Kristof Zelechovski wrote:

> Please give some examples how the special status of a search field  
> can be
> used by user agents, presentation aside.
> (I am not trying to challenge Matthew's argument, I am just  
> interested).

By "Matthew" did you mean me?

  - Maciej

> Chris
> -----Original Message-----
> From: whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org
> [mailto:whatwg-bounces at lists.whatwg.org] On Behalf Of Maciej  
> Stachowiak
> Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 6:58 PM
> To: Nils Dagsson Moskopp
> Cc: whatwg
> Subject: Re: [whatwg] native styling for search input boxes
> On Oct 1, 2008, at 12:31 AM, Nils Dagsson Moskopp wrote:
>> the look of the input field could be styled just by a value of
>> "search"
>> for the CSS "appearance". that would have to go through CSS3 WG, but
>> would probabvy be the cleanest approach.
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/css3-ui/#system
>> (i hope this puts an end to input styling discussions)
> The status of being a search field is semantic, not just
> presentational. User agents and assistive technologies could use the
> knowledge that a field is a search field in all sorts of helpful ways.
> Indeed, the semantics would be useful even without the special
> presentation, but the special presentation gives authors an extra
> incentive to get it right.
> Regards,
> Maciej

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