[whatwg] Why children of datalist elements are barred from constraint validation?

Anne van Kesteren annevk at opera.com
Fri Jul 29 17:17:08 PDT 2011

On Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:20:59 -0700, Jonas Sicking <jonas at sicking.cc> wrote:
> Ah, well, then it definitely seems like we should get rid of this
> feature. The harm is definitely there in that it's adding a feature
> without solving any problem.
> For what it's worth, I'm not even convinced there is a problem. The
> website can always let the <select> be submitted and ignore it on the
> server if it contains a empty value, and then make the first <option>
> in the <select> look something like <option value="">You can select a
> prefilled value here</option>

If we are removing the <select> fallback feature we should also change the  
way you find <option> elements for a <datalist> element I think. That  
should be aligned with <select>: A child element search rather than a  
descendant element search.

Anne van Kesteren

More information about the whatwg mailing list