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[whatwg] Introducing new elements is expensive

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 02:25:02 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0503210221220.880@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>
On Fri, 11 Mar 2005, Olav Junker Kj?r wrote:
> >
> > I would recommend that suggestions avoid new elements, especially when 
> > those elements have a lot of attributes, and especially when the 
> > element has semantics very similar to an existing element.
> The "output" element in WF2 shouldn't really be a new element. The 
> semantics and interface are very similar to the input element 
> (especially a input type=text with readonly).

I agreed, originally. However, I couldn't bring myself to require people 
to write:

   <input type="output">

As much as it would be really cool from a fallback perspective, that's 
just too wrong to keep. (I think it was in the spec for about 2 weeks 
before I just snapped and had to change it.)

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