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[Bug 12561] Add the @action in the <form> so that there is a way to submit to the same page

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Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:41:03 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=12561

--- Comment #26 from Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3cbug@gmail.com> 2011-07-24 20:41:03 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #25)
> Sorry for the noise, but I also meant to say that the problem with
> compatibility applies to HTML4/HTML5 as well as XHTML/HTML5 (as already
> mentioned above). The current spec makes it impossible to generate a form that
> targets the same URL, and have that form be both valid HTML4 and valid HTML5.

Again, allowing the same markup to be both valid HTML5 and valid something-else
is not a design goal here.

> Section 2.5 of the HTML design goals -
> http://dev.w3.org/html5/html-design-principles/#compatibility - says this:
> 
> "implementations should be able to add new features to existing code, rather
> than having to develop whole separate modes."
> 
> It seems to violate the design goal of 'evolution not revolution' to add
> something to the spec that requires a doctype switch to specify between HTML4
> and HTML5, when all I want to do is use a subset of the capabilities provided
> by both HTML4 and HTML5.

That design goal says that browsers have to be able to process all pages the
same.  They do: they process all pages as HTML5, without regard for other
standards.  The question at hand is whether authors can write pages that are
both valid HTML5 and valid something-else.  That's not a design goal.  If you
only want to use a subset of features, just pick one or the other.

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