[whatwg] including <output> in form submissions

Jukka K. Korpela jkorpela at cs.tut.fi
Wed Feb 22 10:26:07 PST 2012

2012-02-22 20:13, Cameron Jones wrote:

> It [the <output> element]
 > does provide a greater degree of integration with the browser though.

Is this a requirement, or just assumed features of implementation? Which 
of the assumed benefits could not be achieved by adding a new value for 
the type attribute (<input type=output>), or a new parameter (<input 
output>), or otherwise retaining the use of <input> (which would degrade 

> This results in a less scripting being required and allows for
> inline scripting to be more concise which aids readability and keeps
> things together.

This would need to be illustrated by real examples, and you would still 
have the question why this could not be achieved using libraries, 
without making pages break on old browsers.

> It's also possible for it to be styled using a
> different interface instead of elements targeted at capturing
> information. The 'disabled' state doesn't provide this for <input>

If you wish to show results of calculation visibly _and_ pass them along 
with the form data, you can use _both_ a normal element like <div>, <p>, 
or <span> _and_ an <input type=hidden>. The resulting duplication is 
irrelevant; you have the result in a variable, or should have, and just 
put it into two places.


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