[whatwg] Add <input> "Switch" Type

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Fri Sep 20 15:44:55 PDT 2013

On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM, Brian Blakely <anewpage.media at gmail.com> wrote:
> "iPhone OS" introduced the switch control (http://i.imgur.com/TA79fo2.png)
> in 2007.  Since then, there have been many attempts to recreate this on the
> Web Platform by hacking existing control types and using a lot of
> meaningless markup, to varying degrees of success.
> The proposal is to add a "switch" <input> type.  When it is active, the UA
> should render a switch control.  It looks like this:
> <input type="switch" on />
> The "on" attribute indicates whether the switch is in its "on" or "off"
> state.  There is no "off" attribute, as switches are off by default.  The
> values corresponding to each state are true and false, respectively.
> List of OSs that implement switch controls (likely incomplete):
>    - Windows 8
>    - OS X
>    - iOS
>    - Android
>    - Blackberry OS
>    - Windows Phone
> The major advantage here, as with all controls in HTML, is that the
> behavior and default appearance of the control is guaranteed to be
> consistent for a user across the Web, and likely match their host OS as
> well.  This is sure to be a very attractive and convenient solution for
> authors.

This is just a "checkbox" input with different styling, yes?


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