[whatwg] Proposal for autocompletetype Attribute in HTML5 Specification
jhoneycutt at apple.com
Wed Feb 15 14:10:38 PST 2012
I've shown this proposal to a couple of people here at Apple, and we have no issues with it. I'm personally eager to see it move forward!
On Dec 15, 2011, at 1:17 PM, Ilya Sherman <isherman at chromium.org> wrote:
> Current autofill products rely on contextual clues to determine the type of data that should be filled into form elements. Examples of these contextual clues include the name of the input element, the text surrounding it, and placeholder text.
> We have discussed the shortcomings of these ad hoc approaches with developers of several autofill products, and all have been interested in a solution that would let website authors classify their form fields themselves. While current methods of field classification work in general, for many cases they are unreliable or ambiguous due to the many variations and conventions used by web developers when creating their forms:
> + Ambiguity: Fields named "name" can mean a variety of things, including given name, surname, full name, username, or others. Similar confusion can occur among other fields, such as email address and street address.
> + Internationalization: Recognizing field names and context clues for all the world’s languages is impractical, time-intensive, and error-prone (as good context clues in one language may mean something else in another language)
> + Unrelated Naming: Due to backend requirements (such as a framework that a developer is working within), developers may be constrained in what they can name their fields. As such, the name of a field may be unrelated from the data it contains.
> We believe that website authors have strong incentive to facilitate autofill on their forms to help convert users in purchase and registration flows. Additionally, this assists users by streamlining their experience.
> To that end we would like to propose adding an autocompletetype attribute  to the HTML5 specification, as a complement to the existing autocomplete attribute that would eliminate ambiguity from the process of determining input data types. We developed this initial draft proposal working together with developers or several autofill products, and are now looking forward to feedback and suggestions from the broader community.
>  http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/Autocompletetype
> ~Ilya Sherman, Chromium Autofill Developer
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