[whatwg] select element should have a required attribute

Ashley Sheridan ash at ashleysheridan.co.uk
Fri Jun 18 04:04:29 PDT 2010

On Fri, 2010-06-18 at 11:35 +0200, Mounir Lamouri wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm wondering why select element do not have a required attribute. It
> seems to be perfectly suitable. With the required attribute, select
> element would be able to suffer from being missing and the :required
> pseudo-class could apply.
> Is there a reason why the select element has no required attribute or
> it's only an omission?
> Related bug:
> http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=9625
> Thanks,
> --
> Mounir

Required as in it should always have a value sent? If so, then it always
does. The default value for a select element is not an empty string as
an <option> is always there (unless someone has been stupid enough to
create an empty select list.)

As such, some sort of value will always be sent.


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