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Re: Background information on GET and XForms (was: GET should be encouraged...)

From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 15:54:14 -0800
Message-ID: <3C7ACEA6.720BE729@prescod.net>
To: "'www-tag@w3.org'" <www-tag@w3.org>
CC: Micah Dubinko <MDubinko@cardiff.com>
Micah Dubinko wrote:
> Not speaking on behalf of any Working Group or person but me...
> Yes.
> For sending XML or multipart/form-data serialized instance data, GET makes
> no sense.
> For sending application/x-www-urlencoded instance data, GET is the logical
> choice.

I think that the HTTP way to think about it is: "what does the client
want the server to do?" If you want it to get information for you, like
a Google results page, then you use GET and
application/x-www-urlencoded. If you want the server to accept and
process information then you use PUT or POST and XML or
multipart/form-data. You choose the syntax based on the semantics you
are trying to achieve.

> I understand that there are proposals for flexible submitInfo processing in
> XForms, separating out the 'locator' portion from the 'body' section. We'll
> see what the Working Group approves.

That sounds intriguing.

 Paul Prescod
Received on Monday, 25 February 2002 18:57:20 UTC

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