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[Bug 20400] datalist Spec Oversight Limits Usefulness

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Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 03:08:01 +0000
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--- Comment #2 from Nick Sloan <w3@nicholassloan.com> ---
Very good comment. One possible way of addressing that would be adding
additional information to the item to make it unique. Maybe I display the
user's email address after the name, or a unique username. An even better
solution would be to display a profile image for the user, if the user-agent
supported styling options (tangentially, allowing images in the option
element's content would be nice). Perhaps I display information that (like
Facebook) gets close enough to unique that most users can tell who is who.

If I do create a unique display string, you might argue that I can just parse
it out on the server. That would be an acceptable solution if the label/value
paradigm didn't already exist on option elements to solve this exact problem in
other use-cases.

The most important thing is giving developers the flexibility that they need to
create great experiences for their users.

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