[whatwg] <input type=number> for year input

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Feb 18 15:59:38 PST 2014

On Tue, 18 Feb 2014, Jonathan Watt wrote:
> > 
> > My recommendation would be to just use comma separation
> It would be the appropriate separator(s) for the locale in use, not 
> necessarily the comma, but I'm guessing that's what you meant.


> > for numbers greater than 9999. It doesn't help that much for 
> > four-digit numbers, and years beyond four digits often _do_ have 
> > commas, e.g.:
> > 
> >     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_10,000_problem
> > 
> > I agree that it's a bit weird (though not particularly wrong) for 
> > four-digit years to have commas.
> Personally I think it's a bit more than a bit weird to have "Year: 
> 2,014". It seems pretty ugly to me, and four digit years are going to be 
> the common case.
> > type=number does seem appropriate for years, though.
> I wonder if it would be that bad to have a 'year' type to compliment the 
> 'month' and 'day' types...

This has come up a few times, but so far the use cases have not been 
compelling enough. This is probably the most compelling use case, but even 
here, I don't know that it's that compelling.

I would be interested in hearing more about the locales where not using 
separators even for four digits is bad/suboptimal. If it wasn't for those, 
I would say that just not using separators for four-digit numbers would be 
an easy and effective solution.

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