- the progress element
- the meter element
- the hidden attribute
- the details element
- the telephone input type
- the email input type
- the search input type
- the color picker
- various date pickers
We’ve also had date pickers for years, too. Date pickers in all shapes and sizes, and most configurable by the user so they can get the absolute best date picking experience. The same can be said for progress bars, and if meter is supposed to represent a gauge, there are libraries that provide gauges, too.
As for the input types, such as telephone and email, most of the validation for these types of values can be handled with one line a code and a regular expression. The types also beg the question: where does it end? If we need single purpose data types such as telephone and email, why stop there? What about social security number for people in the states, or zip and/or postal codes?
Authors are encouraged to use declarative alternatives to scripting where possible, as declarative mechanisms are often more maintainable, and many users disable scripting.
For example, instead of using script to show or hide a section to show more details, the details element could be used.
Then consider all of the HTML editors and WYSIWYG tools that now have to add several new input types and elements, including having to provide a live preview of the functionality. Implementing all these new elements, attributes, and input types must seem a daunting task.
How about the web authors and designers? New toys, eh?
New toys that lack both the sophistication and customization capability that we’ve had with our existing libraries. New toys that aren’t accessible until we can convince the screen readers that no, seriously, not only do they have to support ARIA, they have to support all these other new things, too.