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pls change main validator form back to GET

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: 01 Dec 2002 23:49:37 -0600
To: www-validator@w3.org
Cc: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1038808178.5319.10080.camel@dirk>

Eek! I just noticed the validator homepage switched
from GET to POST!!!

The "get" method should be used when the form
... causes no side-effects.
  -- http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/interact/forms.html#h-17.13.1

I suppose it's for file upload; but the
earlier design was just fine for that:
a separate POST form for file upload
was provided.

I see that even the POST form provides
an addressable result; that's sorta
nifty (how did you do that by the way?)
but it doesn't make clear that the
user of the form isn't committing
himself to anything.

"This allows user agents to represent other methods, such
as POST, PUT and DELETE, in a special way, so that the
user is made aware of the fact that a possibly unsafe
action is being requested."
  -- http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec9.html#sec9.1.1

"As we're talking about user interface here, I'd like
to see a clean interface for making a deed, which makes it
quite clear to me that I am committing something, and not
just doing another search."
  -- http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/UI.html

Please change it back ASAP.

See also

  TAG Finding: URIs, Addressability, and the use of HTTP GET

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Monday, 2 December 2002 00:49:27 UTC

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