The Future of HTML Controls

Web forms. You’ve probably created a few. Native HTML form controls definitely are obviously critical but they can also be frustrating as they can be difficult to customize. This has even led to some tricks whereby developers hide the native controls in favor of custom JavaScript based solutions. While these work, they are often lacking in the accessibility and cross-platform functionality of standard form elements. In this session, Stephanie Stimac, Program Manager for Developer Experiences on Microsoft Edge, will talk about the history of native form controls and some proposals being considered to improve them.

What the Future Holds for HTML Controls

Native HTML Form Controls can be some of the most painful elements to style and customize. 25 years after the first HTML Standard introduced them and developers have resorted to building custom controls from scratch to achieve what they need to. I’ll discuss the history behind native form controls, where we’re at presently with styling them and take a look at the proposed solutions by standards groups and browser vendors to standardize controls and solve the pain points developers have been complaining about for years.

Stephanie is a Program Manager for Developer Experiences on Microsoft Edge who comes from a background in web and user interface design as well as front-end development. She’s worked on developer tooling in the browser as well as the open source project, and is currently leading the Web We Want initiative, a cross browser and cross-company initiative to identify developer needs and bring those changes to the web platform. When not on the web, she can be found mountain biking in the forests of the Pacific Northwest or the Arizona desert and is usually always plotting her next visit to Scotland.

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