[whatwg] Can we make checkboxes readonly?

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Fri May 4 21:05:35 PDT 2012

On Wed, May 2, 2012 at 3:57 PM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> On Wed, 6 Apr 2011, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
>> An app may dynamically set inputs or groups of inputs to readonly based
>> on app state.  When you submit, though, it's impossible to tell (without
>> hacks) whether a checkbox was checked-but-disabled or just unchecked.
>> Handling the form data is *much* easier if you just get all the data,
>> regardless of whether, as a UI convenience, your app temporarily set
>> some of the inputs to readonly.
> That's a use case for submitting disabled check boxes, not for read-only
> checkboxes, IMHO. (The same could be said for disabled text controls.)

That's more-or-less what @readonly does - the input becomes "disabled"
but still submits.


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