[whatwg] Input type for phone numbers

Antti Koivisto antti at apple.com
Tue Mar 31 14:37:13 PDT 2009

On 31.3.2009, at 13:35, Anne van Kesteren wrote:

> On Tue, 31 Mar 2009 22:19:35 +0200, Antti Koivisto <antti at apple.com>  
> wrote:
>> Validation is indeed a complete red herring, this is about input  
>> methods.
> In that case it might be better to re-introduce the inputmode=""  
> attribute for this purpose. The specific type="" attribute values  
> actually ensure (when implemented) that some normalized form of the  
> data goes to the server. If that is not a goal here I'm not sure we  
> should introduce a type="" attribute value for it.

Phone number specific input method presumably won't allow entering  
values that are not phone numbers so a reasonable implementation  
satisfies your normalization requirement. However validation is not  
the reason why this is an interesting feature, the ability to provide  
better user interface is.

I don't see how this is different from the existing type attribute  
values like "email". Could you explain the difference?


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> Anne van Kesteren
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