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Restricting maximum upload size

From: Alfonso Martínez de Lizarrondo <amla70@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 13:30:18 +0200
Message-ID: <af2a8eab0907110430o3c028e6bkf7a270689fdeae8a@mail.gmail.com>
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
I would like to propose adding a new attribute to <input type="file">,
named (for example) maxsize, it should contain a number, the maximum
size in bytes allowed by for each single file to be uploaded to the
server. If it's missing, or it isn't a positive integer, it will
default to 0, meaning that no file check will be done at the client

That way it's possible to restrict the upload of big files without
wasting time trying to send it to the server and get back an error
message. It will be possible to do this check with Javascript with the
filesize attribute of the File interface
but that requires Javascript to be enabled, and adding custom
validation to the form.

Following on that, then comes the issue of <input type="file"
multiple>, instead of adding another attribute to the input element, I
think that it might be better to add it to the <form>, defining the
total size that can be sent as the body of the POST to the server, if
the sum of files and other text data it's over the maximum allowed
size the form will fail the validation and won't be submitted.

This feature will be useful also if full directories upload is ever
implemented as suggested in
and as pointed in the reply, a maximum size of upload will avoid
selecting too much data.
Received on Saturday, 11 July 2009 11:30:58 UTC

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