[whatwg] Can the maximum allowed value length be changed to restrict the number of characters?

Alexey Proskuryakov ap at webkit.org
Wed Aug 21 12:19:48 PDT 2013

(re-sent from hopefully correct address)

20 авг. 2013 г., в 7:09, Anne van Kesteren <annevk at annevk.nl> написал(а):

> On Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM, Ryosuke Niwa <rniwa at apple.com> wrote:
>> Can the specification be changed to use the number of composed character sequences instead of the code-unit length?
> In a way I guess that's nice, but it also seems confusing that given
> data:text/html,<input type=text maxlength=1>
> pasting in U+0041 U+030A would give a string that's longer than 1 from
> JavaScript's perspective. I don't think there's any place in the
> platform where we measure string length other than by number of code
> units at the moment.

FWIW, this is tracked for WebKit as <https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=120030>.

I agree with Darin's comment in that the standard should consider end user concepts more strongly here. WebKit had this more humane behavior for many years, so we know that it's compatible with the Web, and there is no need to chase the lowest common denominator.

Additionally, there are features in the platform that work with Unicode grapheme clusters perfectly, and I think that these are closely connected to maxLength. Namely, editing functionality understands grapheme clusters very well, so you can change selections by moving caret right or left one "character", and so forth. Web sites frequently perform some editing on the text as you type it.

- WBR, Alexey Proskuryakov

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