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

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 18:24:13 -0400
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To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, "kuro@sonic.net" <kuro@sonic.net>
Cc: "www-international@w3.org" <www-international@w3.org>

At 08:39 03/09/11 +0000, Ian Hickson wrote:

>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.

Most servers that handle iso-8859-1 will gladly accept UTF-8,
because they very rarely check against bytes in the 0x80-0x9F
range. But of course they will interpret this data as iso-8859-1,
which is not what you want.

Regards,   Martin.
Received on Thursday, 18 September 2003 18:25:51 UTC

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