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[Bug 11347] Submitting a partially downloaded form

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--- Comment #4 from Ed Avis <eda@waniasset.com> 2010-12-31 19:40:12 UTC ---
Ah.  I thought that since HTML 5 wasn't finalized yet, the latest W3C
Recommendation was still HTML 4.01.  But if everyone has moved to HTML 5
already, I'm happy to move with them.  So let's look at what the standard says:

>If the form has no submit button, then the implicit submission mechanism must
>just submit the form element from the form element itself.

But it's not clear from this text how to determine whether 'the form has no
button'.  Does it mean if the download made by the browser so far does
not include any <input type="submit">, even if the download so far is obviously
a partial download?  If so, that needs to be stated IMHO.

An equally plausible reading of the text is that to determine whether 'the form
has no submit button' then the browser needs to download the <form> element at

I apologize if there is some general principle elsewhere in the spec that says
'for a partially downloaded page, the semantics are as if you close
all the open elements and take that as the full HTML document', but I didn't
anything like that.

So I think there is a decision to be made here about at what point a form can
submitted.  If the decision has already been made, it needs to be stated

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