March 2011 - Broken Links Archive

HTML5 Form Validation

A lot of the atten­tion paid to HTML5 Forms has been cen­tred around the new input types. email, url, date, and the rest are all very con­ve­nient, but for me the real­ly use­ful fea­ture is the built-in val­i­da­tion. In case you’re not aware of it, the brows­er will now han­dle all of the val­i­da­tion that we used to use JavaScript for.

This is great for the future, but although you can start using these func¬≠tions now (in many browsers), they aren‚Äôt with¬≠out their draw¬≠backs ‚ÄĒ well, one big draw¬≠back real¬≠ly. I‚Äôm going to explain briefly the prob¬≠lem, and then pro¬≠pose a solution.

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State of the Browser

This week­end I attend­ed the Lon­don Web Stan­dards group’s State of the Brows­er, a one-day event with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of many of the major brows­er mak­ers giv­ing us sta­tus reports on their prod­ucts. Chrome, Fire­fox, Opera and Black­ber­ry were all there; a mem­ber of the IE team was due to show but had to pull out for per­son­al rea­sons (he viewed the live stream and answered some ques­tions from home). The notable absence was Safari, whose com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment is real­ly not good enough.

There were long talks and short¬≠er break¬≠out ses¬≠sions, as well as plen¬≠ty of time to socialise; the LWS must real¬≠ly be con¬≠grat¬≠u¬≠lat¬≠ed on organ¬≠is¬≠ing such a good event. There was plen¬≠ty of news and talk¬≠ing points through¬≠out the day ‚ÄĒ far too much, real¬≠ly, for me to write here, so I‚Äôll just write up notes of what I found most inter¬≠est¬≠ing to me.

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I‚Äôve updat¬≠ed my Speak¬≠ing page to include more con¬≠fer¬≠ences, more videos, and a lit¬≠tle on my speak¬≠ing require¬≠ments and pref¬≠er¬≠ences. I‚Äôm plan¬≠ning to cut down on the num¬≠ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter¬≠est¬≠ing offers and oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ties, so please get in touch if you‚Äôre organ¬≠is¬≠ing an event.

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