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Re: Form submission when successful controls contain characters outside the submission character set

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 08:39:15 +0000 (UTC)
To: "kuro@sonic.net" <kuro@sonic.net>
Cc: "www-international@w3.org" <www-international@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.56.0309110835290.21065@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Wed, 10 Sep 2003, KUROSAKA Teruhiko wrote:
>> If you have a form on a page that is ISO-8859-1, and the data that is
>> submitted (either as GET or as POST) from that form contains characters
>> outside the ISO-8859-1 repertoire, what should the UA do?
> Is this a question about the real behavor of the
> popular browsers, or are you developing a browser?

This is a question asked on behalf of Opera and Mozilla, both of which
recently ran into this issue.

> Assuming the latter, the browser is not obligated to send the input data
> in the same charset as the form itself.

It is, however, obligated to send the form submission in one of the
character sets specified in the accept-charset attribute.

> The browser can chose to send the input data in UTF-8, as Martin
> suggested already.

Unfortunately this is not a workable solution from three reasons:

 * If there's an accept-charset attribute, it's wrong to violate it.
 * There's no standard way to include character set selection information
   in a GET request (for forms with method="get").
 * Most servers cannot handle UTF-8 when they expect ISO-8859-1.

The first two are problems from a theoretical point of view, the last one
is a practical problem that prevents us from doing this.

> I don't think use of character entity is a right solution because the
> character entity is a syntax used in HTML/XML and the data returned from
> the form is not itself in HTML or XML.


Anyone have any other possible solutions? :-)

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