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[whatwg] Input type for phone numbers

From: Antti Koivisto <antti@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 13:19:35 -0700
Message-ID: <72422A34-C08B-4419-921A-FD7567B56255@apple.com>
On 31.3.2009, at 10:02, James Graham wrote:
> FWIW I would imagine that the most useful aspect of <input  
> type="tel"> or whatever would not be validation (because validation  
> is hard) but would be better integration on mobile devices e.g.  
> making the default action of the keypad be number keys, making phone  
> numbers from the contacts list available, etc. (these were both  
> pointed out already). Therefore whilst I totally recommend this  
> feature be postponed for HTML6, I think it makes a lot of sense and  
> that problems with validation are a red herring.

This is a fairly important feature for browsers running on mobile  
phones. Something like this is likely to be implemented whether or not  
it is in the specification. I would prefer it it to be specified for  
obvious interoperability reasons.

Validation is indeed a complete red herring, this is about input  

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