[whatwg] RFC: <input type="username">
ian at hixie.ch
Wed Aug 25 12:31:28 PDT 2010
On Mon, 2 Aug 2010, Dirk Pranke wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 6:12 PM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > This thread primarily discussed ways to allow users to log in and out
> > of sites, possibly through improvements to the forms model.
> > This is an area that seems to be under a lot of active research, so
> > it's probably premature to change the HTML spec at this point. I
> > haven't introduced any new form types.
> > Some comments on a few of the specific points raised:
> > On Tue, 4 May 2010, Eitan Adler wrote:
> >> 3) Currently autofill for usernames looks for something like
> >> id="username" or name="username". However on certain websites this
> >> fails. Furthermore some websites offer a "find other members" feature
> >> where you could type in a username. I've often seen these fields filled
> >> in automatically with my name.
> > Why would sites where this doesn't work today use a new feature to do
> > this? Surely they can do this now already, so why aren't they doing
> > it?
> I suspect that this is usually a result of ignorance. I don't think many
> content authors are aware of how form-fillers work.
That's possible. The solution then is to provide more documentation on
this, rather than add more features that would continue to not be well
> > RFC3106 has specified this since 2001, and has been implemented for a
> > long time: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3106
> > It didn't seem to do much to make adoption happen more quickly.
> > Why would this new idea make things go faster?
> I'm not sure what you mean by "has been implemented for a long time".
I mean some browsers have supported it.
> Suggesting that people follow 3106 instead of creating a new input type
> (which is I think what you're doing) is certainly one possible solution
I think we should at least try that first, given the potential cost of
creating new features.
> Perhaps the WHATWG needs an experimental track in addition to a
> standards track?
That's what browsers and extensions like Gears are. :-)
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