[whatwg] Add <input> "Switch" Type
Brian M. Blakely
anewpage.media at gmail.com
Fri Sep 20 16:03:06 PDT 2013
I was contemplating whether to propose a new input type, or an attribute valid only for checkboxes. But it isn't a checkbox, so I went with a new type value. You can choose to slide the switch or click it in most OS implementations, so even the behavior is different from a checkbox.
I consider it a different input type the way "range" and "number" are different, despite being semantically identical.
> On Sep 20, 2013, at 6:44 PM, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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
> This is just a "checkbox" input with different styling, yes?
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