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[Bug 13602] New: autoassist attribute for input element

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Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 11:24:08 +0000
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           Summary: autoassist attribute for input element
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: cmhjones@gmail.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,

The input elements will benefit from the addition of a new attribute called
'autoassist' for authors to register that the UA should automatically provide
assistance in the completion of the input field.

This differs from the functionality of 'autocomplete' which instructs the UA to
automatically pre-fill the input field with previously entered values.

Example 1: The 'file' input type currently brings up a system-level modal
dialog for selecting an input file when it is given UI focus. This behavior
eliminates the possibility for a user to manually enter an absolute file
location without having to dismiss a modal dialog. This would be eliminated by
setting autoassist="off" which would disable any automatic popup of such

Example 2: The 'email' and 'tel' input types represent items of contact
information that the UA may have a corpus of data available from which to
assist the user in filling out these fields. The HTML page author may declare
they want the UA to assist the user in filling out these fields by providing a
selection UI from which the user may choose a known value, or enter a new

It is expected that other input types will also benefit from the inclusion of
this attribute and that browsers are allowed to provide disparate
implementations at a level of differentiation in the interests of their users.

This source of this bug was discussion in the following thread:


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