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[whatwg] validationMessage

From: Scott González <scott.gonzalez@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 18:37:51 -0400
Message-ID: <9450c5340911101437l26be3d09m72dbe8230b5cb87d@mail.gmail.com>
Wouldn't the UA be written for a specific language that would be independent
of the language the page's content is written in? For example, a user in
Spain would be using a UA with a Spanish locale (the UA's menus, dialogs,
button labels, etc. would all be in Spanish). If that user were to visit a
page written in French wouldn't the content generated by the UA still be in
Spanish? So an alert would contain a message in French, but a button in
Spanish. I would expect the same thing to happen with validation messages.

As for the suggestion of the validation message just being a constant, you
can just check the validity state if you want to provide custom messages.

On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 4:23 PM, Michelangelo De Simone
<micdesim at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been dealing with the validationMessage implementation in WebKit. As
> some of WebKit member pointed out it's quite unusual for an attribute to
> "return a suitably *localized message* that the user agent would show the
> user".
> Couldn't such behavior be potentially heterogeneous among UAs and
> localizations?
> What is the rationale about this choice? A simpler behavior with a
> predetermined list of return values (eg: i.validationMessage ==
> VALUEMISSING) could be much more efficient for authors and implementors to
> deal with, IMHO.
> Thank you for your feedbacks.
> --
> Bye, Michelangelo
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