Re: HTML 3.2 PR TEXTAREA WRAP attribute

James Aylett (
Tue, 12 Nov 1996 10:52:52 +0000 (GMT)

Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 10:52:52 +0000 (GMT)
From: James Aylett <>
To: "Kevin 'Kev' Hughes" <>
Subject: Re: HTML 3.2 PR TEXTAREA WRAP attribute
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On Mon, 11 Nov 1996, Kevin 'Kev' Hughes wrote:

> 	The WRAP attribute makes it easier for users, in terms of good
> interface, as well as for CGI and server-end programmers. The current
> HTML 3.2 spec does not provide for any standard wrapping scheme, so it
> is likely that implementations of TEXTAREA within different browsers
> will send the same input to the server each in its own way, making it
> a headache for programmers who wish to process forms using TEXTAREA.

On the contrary; imagine if this were supported in the next versions of
MSIE, Netscape and Lynx, say. Consider then the percentage of people using
browsers which wouldn't support it, and do things their old way; well over
fifty, probably well over eighty or even ninety, for quite a long time.
Hence your CGI program must be able to cope with splitting and wrapping
itself. You simply can't make assumptions about how the data is presented
to you; you've simply *got* to check your input for validity before you do
anything with it.


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