FILE: as FORM ACTION attribute value?

Mike Meyer (mwm@contessa.phone.net)
Fri, 9 Aug 1996 11:01:24 PST


Subject: FILE: as FORM ACTION attribute value?
From: mwm@contessa.phone.net (Mike Meyer)
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 1996 11:01:24 PST
Message-ID: <19960809.795A6B8.9FDD@contessa.phone.net>
To: www-html@w3.org

I've seen a number of requests that resemble "I can't use CGI's, and
just want to save the FORM data to disk. Is there some way to do
this?"

The standard answer is to use MAILTO: url's as the action value, but
those aren't universal enough yet.

My first thought was to use a FILE: url, but that 1) won't work,
because the client is going to fetch it, not the server; and 2) if you
tweaked it to work, the client would have to send the file name to the
server. I don't like the idea of letting someone tell me server what
filename to write to.

So, is there some other solution? Specifically, is there a solution
that can be done with just HTTP clients & servers (i.e. - no STMP, no
PUT to an FTP, etc.), and overcomes problem number 2 above? Anyone
have any ideas?

	Thanx,
	<mike