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Why no DELETE

From: Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 07:17:32 -0500
Message-ID: <442D1DDC.7070803@metalab.unc.edu>
To: www-forms@w3.org

I was thinking about DELETE lately 
<http://www.elharo.com/blog/software-development/web-development/2006/03/29/incompetent-boobs/> 
and in the process scanning the HTML spec to see if one could do 
something like this:

<FORM ACTION="http://www.example.com/badpage.html" METHOD="DELETE">

Apparently not. HTML 4 and XHTML 1.1 only allow GET and POST methods 
from forms.

I looked ahead to XHTML 2, which pointed me at XForms, which apparently 
adds PUT. However, there's still no DELETE, even in 1.1. It seems pretty 
crucial for many use cases. Any special reason this is missing? Or is it 
just that nobody's asked for this yet?

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