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Re: Evaluating HTTP Methods in the Spec

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 19:16:31 -0800
Message-Id: <BDC36A19-A335-4DF6-8B5D-2AFCCC4B3FDD@gbiv.com>
Cc: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, "public-html@w3.org Tracking WG" <public-html@w3.org>
To: Adam van den Hoven <adam.vandenhoven@gmail.com>

On Dec 19, 2007, at 9:30 AM, Adam van den Hoven wrote:
> The extra form is meaningless. You might as well have <form  
> action="/index.html" method="GET"><input type='submit' value="Go  
> Here" /></form> instead of an anchor tag.

It isn't meaningless -- the meaning is that it is not an anchor.

A better design for forms would have placed the method attribute on
the button element (or input type=submit) instead of the form element.
That is, after all, how most other form interfaces work.  I assume
it is too late to fix that bug.  Likewise, a browser standard should
encourage the UI to be standardized by method name so that the user
would not be fooled into making unsafe actions.

Received on Thursday, 20 December 2007 03:16:41 UTC

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