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Re: Static? Dynamic?

From: Mike Meyer <mwm@phone.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 21:01:02 -0700 (PDT)
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
cc: www-talk@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.10.9906292052020.68972-100000@guru.phone.net>
On Tue, 29 Jun 1999, Dan Connolly wrote:

:->> Personally, I'm annoyed that HTML won't let me use an A tag to issue
:->> anything but a GET request. I'd love to be able to write something
:->> like <A HREF="/cgi-bin/change-the-world.py" METHOD=POST> to inform the
:->> client that this request is *not* for an idempotent page, and it
:->> shouldn't reissue it without checking with the user.
:->Huh? You would then have to change implementations to make
:->users aware that they're doing something they can be held
:->accountable for. And we already have widely understood
:->and implemented syntax for that:

Why do users need to be aware of it? They aren't now.

The implementations have to change anyway, but they just keep on doing
it. Browsers used to not bother warning you about reposting data. They
do now. Assuming they are already doing that for forms, adding support
for it when the METHOD (or whatever) attribute is added to

:->Is there some reason that
:->	<form action="/cgi-bin/change-the-world.py"  METHOD=POST>
:->	<input type=submit>
:->	</form>
:->doesn't meet your need?

Yes. In browsers where it acts right, it doesn't look right. And vice
versa. I want something that has the same looks and interface as a
link. In GUI browsers, FORM's always look like buttons (no matter what
method they use, so don't try and tell me that's a clue to the
user). In character-mode browser, they look like links - but you don't
activate them the same way you do a link (ditto).

I suspect that XML/XSLet.al. will solve this eventually. But
currently, it's still a pain.

Received on Wednesday, 30 June 1999 00:01:10 UTC

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