[Bug 11347] New: Submitting a partially downloaded form


           Summary: Submitting a partially downloaded form
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: eda@waniasset.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,

Suppose a browser is downloading a page and has got halfway through a form with
some text elements.  Before the rest of the form finishes downloading, the user
puts focus in one of the elements and presses Enter.  Normally that keystroke
would submit the form.  Should the browser submit the form anyway even though
it has not finished downloading?  Doing so would omit some form elements which
might be marked mandatory.

The HTML 4 standard doesn't say anything on this one way or the other, though
it is implied that everything inside the <form> element should be considered,
not just the part that happens to have been downloaded so far.  HTML 5 may make
a little more complex in that form elements can appear anywhere in the
so you don't know that a form is complete until the document has been fully

Related Firefox bug report:

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Received on Friday, 19 November 2010 11:29:15 UTC