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[whatwg] [WF2] Objection to autocomplete Attribute

From: Olav Junker Kjær <olav@olav.dk>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2005 18:04:12 +0100
Message-ID: <4241A18C.4060106@olav.dk>
This issue seem to be sensitive, since it concerns the balance of power 
between the user, the UA, the page author, the spec writer, and The Banks.

Since it already clear how UA's are going to implement this feature, the 
issue is just to choose the most balanced language in the spec.

The Banks are probably not concerned with whether an UA is WF2 compliant 
or not, they will choose to support an UA based on how the UI handles 
the autocomplete attribute.
Therefore the spec has to *describe* and *allow* the currently 
implemented behavior, but does not have to *mandate* it.

So the spec could describe the meaning of the autocomplete attribute and 
then, without any "should" or "must"'s describe the UI behavior that The 
Banks consider acceptable in a banking client. Then implementors are 
free to choose whether to make their browser Bank-compliant or fully 
user-empowering by default, independently from the decision to support WF2.

(BTW. I don't really understand why its user-hostile not to cache 
sensitive info by default, it seems quite sensible to me. But I 
understand that a spec shouldn't needlessly constrain UI.)

regards
Olav Junker Kj?r
Received on Wednesday, 23 March 2005 09:04:12 UTC

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