[whatwg] inputmode feedback

Jonas Sicking jonas at sicking.cc
Thu Jun 6 16:04:38 PDT 2013

On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM, Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> On Fri, 15 Feb 2013, Jonas Sicking wrote:
>> Using semantic names might give us the warm fuzzies, but is there really
>> any semantic use we will get out of these that we wouldn't by using
>> "lowercase", "titlecase" or "autocapitalized"?
> The reason I used the more "semantic" names is that the names like
> "lowercase", "titlecase" or "autocapitalized" aren't accurate. For
> example, you can hit shift in "lowercase" mode to get uppercase. You can
> have a "titlecase" mode that doesn't capitalise every word (e.g. it
> recognises the "van" in "van Kesteren"). A value that is explicitly for
> names can use a different dictionary than one that is just for capitalised
> text (e.g. derived from the user's contact list). And so on.
>> I take it verbatim and name would disable any spelling corrections,
>> and name would also titlecase? But the difference between text and
>> prose seems really hard to understand.
> In the spec, "verbatim" does not correction at all, e.g. passwords;
> "latin" is for human-to-computer communications, e.g. free-form text
> search fields, and would do spelling correction and automatically
> inserting spaces between words in swiping keyboards, etc; and
> "latin-prose" is intended for human-to-human communications, with
> aggressive automatic typing correction, e.g. text prediction and automatic
> capitalisation at the start of sentences.

I think a really important question is if this is understandable to
authors. There's also a big risk that if these modes aren't noticeably
different in initial implementations, it will be hard to add such
differences later.

/ Jonas

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