[thelist] BUG: Broken Value Attribute for BUTTON Element in IE5+

Ken Schaefer ken at adOpenStatic.com
Sat May 1 00:32:53 CDT 2004

Hi there,

A couple of things:

a) the bug needs to be reproduceable. It also needs to be isolated (so you
know the exact conditions under which is happens). It would help if you
could post sample HTML, or a webpage, where you see this behaviour.

b) reporting it will depend on what channels you have access to (e.g. if you
are a partner, you can use the partner newsgroups, if you are MSDN
subscriber, use the MSDN managed groups. If you have nothing, try calling

c) It is unlikely that you'll get another other than a hotfix for this
issue. It may be rolled into the next IE service pack, if there is one
before Longhorn. Otherwise, it will be fixed in Longhorn (if it isn't
already). Just be aware that Microsoft gets, probably, millions of "bugs" a
year. Not all are actually bugs in Microsoft products. Those that are need
to be prioritised (so, security related bugs are always fixed, bugs that
impact a large customer base are fixed, bugs that do not have work arounds
are fixed etc). Those that make it into an SP, or supported hotfix, need to
be extensively regression tested to ensure they don't break other things.
So, some things just aren't fixed because of regression issues (instead,
they'll be rolled forward into new versions of the product, eg see for a
discussion of the problems with fixing bugs:


From: "Graham Leggett" <minfrin at sharp.fm>
Subject: [thelist] BUG: Broken Value Attribute for BUTTON Element in IE5+

: A good three years ago, the following message was posted on this list
: about the HTML v4.01 BUTTON tag, and IE submitting the tag content,
: instead of the value attribute as specified by HTML v4.01:
: http://lists.evolt.org/archive/Week-of-Mon-20001002/017911.html
: I have just run into this with Internet Explorer 6 - on a specific page
: in my web application, three button tags specified like so:
: <button type="submit" name="method" value="downloadxml"
: class="wide"><div class="wide">Get Xml</div></button>
: result in the form post submitting "<div class="wide">Get Xml</div>"
: instead of "downloadxml".
: Not only is the content of the tag being submitted in violation of the
: HTML v4.01 spec, but the button is being interpreted as type="button"
: instead of the explicitely specified type="submit".
: This only happens on some of the button tags on my site, and not others.
: It seems as soon as there are two or more BUTTON tags on the page with
: the same name, IE's rendering goes pear shaped.
: Has anyone else seen behaviour like this? Is there a way of reporting
: this bug to Microsoft?
: Regards,
: Graham

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