Checkbox value inconsistency

today while debugging an issue I came across this problem. It seems that the W3C has no direct definition for what the value of a checked checkbox should be, but rather it just notes that it is considered ‘on’ if it is ‘checked’1.

Even though it is not mentioned in the spec it seems that all browsers see the value of an unchecked checkbox as False. If there is a need to decide on an action based on the value of a checkbox, it is safer to check if it is unchecked (False).

On a side not, if using jQuery, it is possible to use the $(element).is(’:checked’) to check if the checkbox is checked. From my experience this seems to work well cross browser.