[whatwg] Submitting contentEditable Content In A Form

Ojan Vafai ojan at chromium.org
Mon Oct 22 18:32:02 PDT 2012

On Sat, Oct 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:

> On Sat, 20 Oct 2012, Aryeh Gregor wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 1:23 AM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > > Incidentally, it seems to use a WebKit-specific "plaintext-only" value.
> > > Should we spec that? Aryeh? It's filed as:
> > >
> > >    https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=14554
> > >
> > > If this should involve changes to HTML, let me know.
> >
> > In principle, yes, this should be specced.  In practice, it would
> > require extensive changes to the editing spec and a lot of careful
> > thinking, and no one is really working on editing implementations
> > anyway.  Gecko's editor code is in maintenance mode, I haven't received
> > a single piece of feedback ever about editing from IE or Opera people,
> > and WebKit is the one that already implements the feature, so I don't
> > see the effort as being worth the time spent right now.  (I did receive
> > feedback from Opera about selection, but not editing as far as I
> > remember.)
> >
> > The same goes for any other proposed editing spec features.  When I see
> > people actually implementing the existing spec, that's when it will make
> > sense for me to spend more of my time adding more stuff to it.  Until
> > then, I might fix bugs, but that's it.
> Sounds reasonable.

FWIW, when I discussed this with Mozilla folk a couple years ago, the only
sticking point was what hitting enter should should in a plaintext-only
region. In WebKit, it inserts a <br>. Some people thought it should insert
a '\n' and/or should based what it inserts off of the CSS whitespace
property. Never really came up with a resolution to that question.

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