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[whatwg] LABEL and radio/checkbox onclick

From: Matthew Thomas <mpt@myrealbox.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 22:49:02 +1200
Message-ID: <37C70EB4-F104-11D8-8533-000A95AD3972@myrealbox.com>
On 18 Aug, 2004, at 10:30 AM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Jul 2004, Matthew Thomas wrote:
>> ... Internet Explorer and Netscape 4 do not add the value of any
>> particular submit button to a GET URI if the Enter key is pressed, but
>> Opera and Gecko browsers arbitrarily choose the first submit button in
>> the form.
> I just added a paragraph to the spec that makes the Opera/Gecko 
> behaviour correct:

The Opera/Gecko behavior was already correct per spec (as far as I 
know), since exact behavior was undefined. Why does it need to be 

It wouldn't make life any easier for authors. They would still have to 
handle the no-submit case, for the same reasons they have to handle 
invalid dates and all the rest -- to cater for non-WF2 clients (and for 
defective/malicious submittors).

Nor would it make life any easier for UA implementors. It would just 
give them fewer choices about how to design their code.

And nor would it make life any easier for end users. In fact the only 
effect is to make life *harder* for end users, by making GET URIs 
longer. This makes them (1) less likely to be completely visible (for 
example, in a browser's address field), (2) more likely to break in 
plain-text arenas (for example, multi-line URIs break in the What-WG 
mailing list Web archives), and (3) harder for geeks to edit (for 
example, having to arrow through the submit part of a URI to get to the 
usefully editable part).

So why make it a requirement?

Matthew Thomas
Received on Wednesday, 18 August 2004 03:49:02 UTC

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