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Partial form submissions and optional fields

From: Eric Fu <ericfu@etrieve.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 14:05:59 -0800
Message-ID: <BD3A1AAD5A57D411AD6700B0D020246502399F4D@HIMALAYA>
To: www-forms@w3.org
I have a couple of questions regarding the current working draft (Aug. 28,
2001): 

1) Section 11.5.1.3.1 has a restriction that the instance data can not have
an empty node-set, otherwise the form submission will be aborted. 

This obviously singles out the case where a form that is partially filled in
gets submitted. 

In real life, that can happen if the user decide to submit the form for
later review. 
 
Does the WG plan to address this issue in the next draft?

2) Similarly on a related problem - and again drawing from real life -
certain fields of a form can be optionally fill in by the user, i.e.
intentionally left blank. If this happens on a "SelectOne" field then the
validation certainly have to validate the case where the field is left
empty.

I hope the WG can come up with the right syntactic to address these
problems. (Or is it already hidden in the current draft, in which case
please kind enough to point it out)


cheers,

Eric 
Received on Friday, 30 November 2001 17:16:35 GMT

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