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[Bug 13547] New: overloading of input element is confusing

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Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 00:50:41 +0000
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-13547-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13547

           Summary: overloading of input element is confusing
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: a11y, a11ytf
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: cyns@microsoft.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Attributes of the input element only work with certain types.  This was true in
HTML 4, but with the introduction of new types becomes much more of an issue. 
Even in HTML 4, use of the @alt attribute with input types other than image was
a common authoring error.  With all of the new types and their associated
attributes, this is more confusing, and we are concerned that it will introduce
more authoring errors.  Like using @alt on input types that don't support it
results in inputs with no accessibility name, mis-use of other attributes can
cause accessibility problems.

We recognize the backward-compatibility value of using <input>, and that it may
be necessary to support that for some time.  We would like to create a roadmap
for deprecating overloaded input in favor of elements with dedicated
attributes.

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