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Re: <form method="GET|POST|PUT|DELETE" />

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 14:49:38 +0200
Message-ID: <464314E2.2050404@gmx.de>
To: Alan Dean <alan.dean@gmail.com>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Alan Dean wrote:
> Hello,
> I would like to raise the question of <form> methods to the group.
> Currently, only GET and POST are specified as acceptable method
> values: see http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/interact/forms.html#h-17.3
> I looked through the WHATWG document and could find no reference to
> this issue, so I assume that there is no proposal for change at
> present, see http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/
> Looking at the HTTP/1.1 specification, there is a core standard
> specifying PUT and DELETE as well, see
> http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec9.html
> Given the growing acceptance of REST I would like to propose that
> these two methods are also incorporated into the html5 specification
> so that browser-based REST UAs are not forced to implement clientside
> XmlHttpRequest. This will permit a more graceful degradation of
> RESTful applications in the face of disabled JavaScript.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REST
> http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/rest-discuss/
> As these two methods are not currently supported in the existing html
> specification, I can't see a backwards compatibility issue (although
> others may know more than me in this regard).
> Consideration might also be made of supporting OPTIONS as well (to
> facilitate RESTful service discovery).
> ...

I would prefer no special cases at all; thus any method name should be 

Best regards, Julian
Received on Thursday, 10 May 2007 12:49:56 UTC

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