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

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2003 14:51:23 +0000 (UTC)
To: Paul Deuter <PaulD@plumtree.com>, "by way of Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>:"@dhalsim.dreamhost.com
Cc: "www-international@w3.org" <www-international@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0309151447450.6502@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Fri, 12 Sep 2003, Paul Deuter wrote:
> I agree with Kuro.  If you want to be compatible with legacy servers
> which you seem to want to, then you better encode the text in the
> character set of the page or the form.  That is, in your example, 8859-1.


> It might actually be nice for the browser to warn the user when they
> attempt to type a character outside the 8859-1 set.

I do not believe that your average user is likely to understand the
concept of character sets, and I have no idea how I would even begin to
write a warning message for this issue.

> I don't think anyone expects Opera or Mozilla to be able to compensate
> for the limitations of legacy servers and legacy server side code.

Oh but they do. :-)

> The clear direction of the W3C to solve these character set issues is
> for new web software to implement good support for UTF-8 and to
> encourage web page authors to upgrade to UTF-8.

Indeed. But that doesn't help the ISO-8859-1 case. :-(

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