[whatwg] Option label, textContent and value

Jonas Sicking jonas at sicking.cc
Tue Jun 14 01:10:17 PDT 2011

On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 12:11 AM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
>> Furthermore, as I understand the above definitions, the spec does allow
>> to specify label and value in one step in a select element:
>> <select>
>>   <option>This is value and label
>> </select>
>> But not in a datalist, as the label is taken from the textContent rather
>> than from the value of the option element:
>> <datalist>
>>   <option value="No label here">
>>   <option label="No value here">
>> </datalist>
> The difference is that the value is typically shown in the datalist case.

At least <input type=email> seems like a very common example where
you'd want to show a label. Here you likely will want to show peoples
names, but choosing a name would use the email address as the .value
for the <input>.

/ Jonas

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