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HTTP protocol regarding form elements order

From: Niranjan Ramakrishnan <niranjan@eecs.umich.edu>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 1996 12:26:27 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199604051726.MAA07221@wits-end.eecs.umich.edu>
To: www-talk@w3.org
Hi,

Sorry to disturb you guys but I'm pretty concerned about the HTTP specs
regarding the order in which form input is returned to a cgi program. Is
it *necessary* that the form elements should always be returned in the
same order as they were present in the original HTML document? I need this
info desperately as it would dictate the parsing methodology I use when I
process input from a POST query.

For eg if I have several input text fields say 

<input type=text name=a>
<input type=text name=a>
<input type=text name=a>

and the user enters for each in order b c and d, will HTTP require that
the values returned to me would be of the form :

a=b
a=c
a=d

in that order?

Thanks for putting up with this query? But I need the info pretty badly...

Any help would be deeply appreciated.

Sincerely,

Niranjan Ramakrishnan
Grad Student,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Received on Friday, 5 April 1996 12:21:23 GMT

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