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[Bug 13602] autoassist attribute for input element

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Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2011 23:03:53 +0000
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--- Comment #8 from Kornel Lesinski <kornel@geekhood.net> 2011-08-04 23:03:50 UTC ---
> It must be accepted that text-field entry is essential for these input types,
users will always find it easier to just type a known email address or
telephone number, but in the case of wanting to enter the address of a friend
they may prefer some kind of customized assistance which may directly hook into
local or networked address book and contact details.

I think you're wrongly assuming that assistance and ability to type new value
are mutually exclusive. 

For example date and e-mail controls in Opera provide assistance (calendar
pop-up, addressbook autocompletion), but still allow user to type any valid
value (including e-mail addresses that are not in the address book).

Even if tel control pops up contacts picker by default, UA could have option
like "Add new number&#8230;" in the picker somewhere.

Safari doesn't have editable text field in <input type=file>, but advanced
users are still able to type path manually. And there is no risk that page
autor will enable text path entry and confuse who don't know what file path
looks like.

How those controls work should be up to UA as long as user is able to enter any
value.

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