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[Bug 11347] Submitting a partially downloaded form

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Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2011 11:33:20 +0000
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--- Comment #12 from Ed Avis <eda@waniasset.com> 2011-02-08 11:33:20 UTC ---
>Rationale: Comment 1 still applies

Thanks for considering this.  One thing I wanted to clarify though,

>If this is a problem in practice, authors are
>encouraged to add something to the form after everything else has been added,
>marking the form as complete, and having server-side scripts check that the
>client only sent complete forms.

That's exactly the situation - typically the server side sees that the form is
incomplete and so throws up an error page.  The user (if they understand what
happened) must go back to the page with the form, wait for the whole form to
download this time, and then resubmit.  It would be a smoother user experience
if the form were not submitted until it's complete (by some measure).

It's unfortunate that HTML doesn't have any way to mark the end of a form or
point when it is complete and submittable (without resorting to Javascript). 
closing </form> tag no longer indicates that, although it did in earlier
Perhaps some future revision to HTML will include an explicit end-of-form
Until then, I guess a workaround is to always put the textfield as the final
element of the form, so that it can't accidentally be submitted too soon.

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