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Re: Changing the thext of "Browse Button"

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2002 14:14:07 -0400
Message-Id: <200209081814.OAA19275@no-knife.mit.edu>
To: Lachlan Cannon <luminosity@members.evolt.org>
cc: www-style@w3.org

> > You don't really want to accidentally upload /etc/passwd, you know.
> But that's not really a styling matter, but a forms implementation 
> manner. The forms which are being used, whether they be html, or xforms, 
> or whatever shouldn't allow authors to specify default pages for picking 
> files.

Who said anything about default values?  The point is that if the file
upload does not look like a file upload it's a lot easier to trick the
user into typing in it, pasting into it, or dragging something to it.

Now I suppose that browser makers could disable all of these methods of
filename input and force all users to use the browse button.... but it's
a much smaller hassle for the _user_ to just have the file upload
control always look the same.

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    In any organization there will always be one person
who knows what is going on.  This person must be fired.
Received on Sunday, 8 September 2002 20:34:40 UTC

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