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RE: GET should be encouraged, not deprecated, in XForms [was: Issue request for the TAG: XForms]

From: David E. Cleary <davec@progress.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 16:18:48 -0500
To: "Paul Prescod" <paul@prescod.net>, "Chris Lilley" <chris@w3.org>
Cc: "Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org>, <www-forms-editor@w3.org>, <www-tag@w3.org>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-forms-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-forms-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Paul Prescod
> We keep going around in circles on this. If XForms is supposed to
> replace HTML forms then they need to be able to GET information as well
> as PUT and POST information. HTML form GETs are used all over the Web
> for good reason.

Maybe this is all a misunderstanding. You can certainly use GET to get an
XForms document or an XHTML document that has XForms embedded into it.

> If XForms are only for sending XML data from a client to a server then
> we'll have to go back and change the requirements document and  which
> says that they are supposed to be a replacement for HTML forms.

XForms 1.0 supports GET and can replace HTML forms. However, future versions
of XForms should not be tied to this requirement.

> I would a little bit annoyed if this were the choice because it would
> mean that the Web would have to support two different form widget sets,
> not just for a long time, but forever.

You lost me there. XForms does define its own form widget set, but can also
be bound to XHTML form widgets as well as other form widget sets. Supporting
form submission with GET forever is orthogonal to that issue.

David Cleary
the Progress Company
Received on Wednesday, 23 January 2002 16:18:51 UTC

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