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[Bug 29563] New: Select should allow blank options

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Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:01:48 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=29563

            Bug ID: 29563
           Summary: Select should allow blank options
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5: The Markup Language (editor: Michael(tm) Smith)
          Assignee: mike@w3.org
          Reporter: mvdleij@gmail.com
        QA Contact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: public-html-admin@w3.org,
                    public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org
  Target Milestone: ---

According to the HTML spec per the content model for the option element,
neither <option></option> nor <option label=""></option> are valid.

I believe they should be valid, because:

1) there is widespread use of <option></option> on the internet, and

2) A (granted, non-normative) section of the select element describes setting
the length attribute of a select element to add "new blank option elements to
the select".  There is no other definition of "blank option" and all current
web browsers will generate "<option></option>" in response to increasing a
select's length.

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