[whatwg] Proposal:Improve internationalization in the autocomplete attribute

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Mon Jun 17 16:27:17 PDT 2013

I was working on bug 22286, and noticed that this e-mail was relevant:

On Tue, 11 Jun 2013, Albert Bodenhamer wrote:
> Address lines:
> Currently: Recommended handling for addresses is currently as a single
> line.  Alternatively, sites can ask for address lines 1-3 but this is
> discouraged.
> Problem: Single line doesn't work well for all regions. Some areas have 5
> lines for an address and might have more.
> Proposal: If address is requested as a single line newlines should be
> preserved when filling. Stop discouraging the use of address-lines. Support
> more than 3 lines for address.  Potentially, address-lineX where X can be
> 1-9.

Of these options, a multi-line "street-address" seems like the most 
reasonable, so I've gone with that.

> Address 'locality':
> Problem: Some regions have the concept of a "post town".  It's currently
> unclear how this should be requested.
> Proposal: Add "post town" to the list of expected localities in the
> description to make it more clear how this should be requested.


> Address CEDEX codes:
> Problem: They don't fit well into the "postal-code" field and are often
> handled as a separate entity.
> Proposal: Add a field name for CEDEX code.

Can you elaborate on this? The Wikipedia page for French postal 
addresses suggests that the CEDEX code is in fact the postal code, much 
like a PO Box number in the US is technically part of the 9-digit ZIP 
code, but that "CEDEX" is appended to the address' locality field.

> Address: Physical vs mailing address
> Problem: It might be desirable to be able to specify that a physical
> address (an actual location) is expected rather than a mailing address (eg
> a PO box).
> Proposal: Open to suggestions.

What's the use case?

> Phone:
> Problem: The detail sections for phone number are very US-centric.  The
> spec discourages the use of the detail sections as a result, but sites may
> want to get phone number broken into chunks.
> Proposal: Consider adding additional detail sections to reduce the US bias.

I'd much rather just drop the detailed sections entirely. People really 
shouldn't be using them, in any region.

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