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[Bug 11347] Submitting a partially downloaded form

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--- Comment #3 from Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3cbug@gmail.com> 2010-12-31 18:52:57 UTC ---
To the best of my knowledge, HTML 4 is no longer being maintained.  It is
superseded by HTML5, which is the component this bug was filed against.  HTML5
leaves the question of implicit submission up to the browser, since it's really
a UI thing:

http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/association-of-controls-and-forms.html#implicit-submission

Generally speaking, what interface is available to the user is up to browsers,
not specs.  Browsers are allowed to have whatever UI they want to prevent users
from making mistakes or whatever.  But from HTML5's perspective, forms can
certainly be submitted even if they aren't fully downloaded -- e.g., if a
script calls submit() on the form when it's not fully downloaded, it would
certainly have to be submitted.

Authors can work around this in practice by including a hidden input after all
the other form elements, and rejecting form submissions that don't include the
hidden input.  It's not ideal, but I don't see a much better way given the need
for progressive rendering.

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