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Bug 8737 - Allowing option with no value to be a command
Summary: Allowing option with no value to be a command
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: pre-LC1 HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson) (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Windows NT
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
URL: http://
Keywords: a11y
Depends on:
Reported: 2010-01-14 11:16 UTC by Gez Lemon
Modified: 2010-10-09 14:26 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Description Gez Lemon 2010-01-14 11:16:13 UTC
The specification states: "An option element with an ancestor select element and either no value attribute or a value attribute that is not the empty string defines a command."

Why is option with no value considered a command?
Comment 1 Michael Cooper 2010-02-11 17:26:46 UTC
Per the proposal at, the HTML A11Y TF does not plan to formally work on this issue at this time. This does not mean the TF has no interest in it, but does not have immediate plans to work on it. The TF may review the issue in the future.
Comment 2 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2010-02-17 22:14:26 UTC
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: It has a value, just no value attribute.

I'm not sure I entirely understand the premise of this bug. Please feel free to reopen it if I misunderstood the request.