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Month: September 2008

More button woes

The HTML button element has given me trouble in the past. My conclusion was to not use the button element except to progressively enhance the look of buttons. This means the button would initially be an input of type button and JavaScript, if enabled, would change it to a button element.

Well at work I’m working on an app that requires JavaScript and all form submissions are done with JavaScript already so I thought it would be safe to switch over to <button>. The server never uses the button names or values (all needed information is in other inputs – hidden or otherwise) so the IE bugs should not be an issue.

This time the problems I found were exposed with Firefox but the real problem was in the web app code even if the browser behavior was surprising.