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Simply JavaScript by Cameron Adams, Kevin Yank

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Chapter 6Form Enhancements

HTML hasn’t changed much in the past ten years. Since browsers implemented the changes in HTML 4 around 1997, the collection of tags and attributes that we use on the web has essentially stayed the same. Thanks to ongoing improvements to CSS support in browsers, we have been able to create richer, more intricate designs with that limited markup. Like the designer fashions that are paraded down the runway each season, the styles are always fresh and new, even if the models underneath look eerily alike.

But there is one aspect of web design for which CSS can’t hide the stagnation of HTML: forms. No matter how we dress them up, HTML has for the past decade supported only this limited set of form controls:

  • text input fields ...

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