The Web Hypertext Application Technology Task Force

WHAT calls for final comments on Web Forms 2.0 proposal

WHATTF, Friday, January 28th 2005

Comments on the third stable draft of the Web Forms 2.0 specification are encouraged.

The draft is considered reasonably stable and mature, and it is hoped that it will progress to a call for implementations in a few months. This publication should therefore be considered the last explicit call for comments for this draft.

This third call for comments contains a number of editorial changes that were made based on the feedback received from the last call for comments. There have been no major normative changes.

The Web Forms 2.0 specification addresses requests made for new features to be added to the Forms features in HTML4. New features include new input control types for dates, times, e-mail addresses, and numbers; a new client-side validation model; a way to mark input controls as required; a repetition model; control over form submission so that forms can be updated instead of causing the page to be replaced; and more.

Comments should be sent to the WHATTF mailing list.


The Web Hypertext Applications Technology Task Force is a loose, unofficial, and open collaboration of Web browser manufacturers and interested parties. The group aims to develop specifications based on HTML and related technologies to ease the deployment of interoperable Web Applications, with the intention of submitting the results to a standards organisation. This submission would then form the basis of work on formally extending HTML in the standards track.

For more information, visit the Web Hypertext Applications Technology working group Web site at

Ian Hickson, on behalf of the WHATTF members.