Based upon HTML5 input tag, there are a lot of variations that are available for components. Because of consistency across browsers and devices a subset of these variations is supported. This component is styled for each supported device with the <mobi:deviceStylesheet/> component and has <mobi:ajax /> support
Each device will popup the correct keyboard for the "type". Jsf validation and conversion is supported.
Each type will have it's own set of attributes which will be passed through the renderer and applied to the browser to render using HTML5 markup encoding. Since the password and text example both are type='text" they will have the same list of attributes. The textarea has it's own set and their exists a common subset of attributes at this time. As more "types" are implemented, they will each have their own unique set of attributes and share these common ones. The jsf support comes in the ability to use jsf validation and conversion. ICEfaces then allows the ability to submit the field via ajax (singleSubmit) or the traditional (whole form) approach.