[whatwg] Why there is no wrap="off", intentional or forgotten?

Ashley Sheridan ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk
Wed Jun 2 04:05:37 PDT 2010

On Wed, 2010-06-02 at 12:51 +0200, Oldřich Vetešník wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm missing the wrap="off" value for textarea wrap attribute; is there any  
> particular reason why this is not part of HTML5?
> Currently the only values mentioned are "soft" and "hard":
> http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/the-button-element.html#attr-textarea-wrap
> "The wrap attribute is an enumerated attribute with two keywords and  
> states: the soft keyword which maps to the Soft state, and the hard  
> keyword which maps to the Hard state. The missing value default is the  
> Soft state."
> However, I'd like to use wrap=off because I don't want the lines to wrap.  
> (Like when you have a HTML in textarea.)
> I haven't found any other way to "force" this behavior (yep, I tried  
> white-space: nowrap;).
> I tested it in all major browsers on Windows and it works, it just won't  
> validate. :)
> Code
> <textarea cols=50 rows=10 wrap=soft></textarea>
> <textarea cols=50 rows=10 wrap=hard></textarea>
> <textarea cols=50 rows=10 wrap=off></textarea>
> More at http://server.ebrana.cz/olda/_apps/html5/textarea-wrap.html
> There is also no mention in the spec about wrap=virtual and wrap=physical  
> back from the days.
> http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/forms/_TEXTAREA_WRAP.html
> Thanks,
> Ollie

That does seem odd. I would have thought the default value would be
'off' or 'no' as I've never seen a browser yet wrap text in a textarea
unless a specific wrapping method was specified either via an attribute
or CSS.


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