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RE: One more possible hole in UI?

From: John J. Barton <John_Barton@hpl.hp.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 16:06:23 -0800
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To: XForms Mailing List <www-forms@w3.org>
At the risk of clouding this discussion on passwords,
here is a different perspective.

The XFORMs goal is to separate presentation, logic,
and data.

Shouldn't the "data" representation for a password
different than "string"?  Yes I suppose a few million
passwords have been sent as "string" (clear text),
but at least we could contemplate encrypted text as
the default for a new world of XFORMs.  If XFORMs
has a special type for currency, wouldn't one for
passwords be ok?

If one had a datatype password, then various presentations
can fill such slots.  One presentation could be textbox.
The user agent would be obligated to apply "*" over
inputs to any textbox that solicits input for type "password".
Another presentation could be a table of buttons like
an ATM keyboard.


John J. Barton          email:  John_Barton@hpl.hp.com
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