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[whatwg] Session Management

From: Dave Kok <updates@davekok.net>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:12:34 +0200
Message-ID: <201106101512.34809.updates@davekok.net>
I very much like the header type as a generic feature but would suggest not 
using it for HTTP authorization. As for user-agents to support it through 
forms have to use special processing anyways. So I would suggest simply 
declaring it on the form element itself as an attribute. When using 
XMLHttpRequest one already has the ability to supply credentials with the open 
function. So when using a input elements without a form element there is no 
need for an authorization feature. Also I would suggest that the attribute 
does not have a value or that it is at least optional and when supplied is 
only a hint to the user-agent. Ultimately a user-agent must use whatever 
method required by the server not the method defined by the author. A user-
agent can transparently find out which method to use with a HEAD request. Or if 
transport layer security is used simply guess one and see if it works and try 
again if it doesn't.

Also binding the username and password input fields to the authorization header 
should properly not be done by reserving names in the name attribute of the 
input field. I would suggest using a special purpose attribute like 
authorization to declare their binding. Otherwise authors have to cope with 
reserved names which is properly unacceptable backwards-compatible wise.

<form method="get" action="/resource" authorize>

<!-- use custom http header-->
<input type="header" name="Language" value="en_US">

<input type="text" authorization="username">

<input type="password" authorization="password">

<input type="submit" value="load">

</form>

--
Dave Kok

Op vrijdag 10 juni 2011 14:25:07 schreef u:
> i'd like to reference a proposal i put forward in relation to expanding the
> functionality of forms which displays how http authentication could be
> implemented declaratively by html authors:
> 
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2011Apr/0259.html
> 
> thanks,
> cameron jones
Received on Friday, 10 June 2011 06:12:34 UTC

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