[whatwg] Re: form charset

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Apr 19 16:41:21 PDT 2005

On Wed, 20 Apr 2005, Olav Junker Kjær wrote:
> I understand that the _charset_ field is needed in url encoded requests, 
> since any encoding can be chosen through accept-charset and there is no 
> other way to know the encoding.

_charset_ is a horrible solution to a problem that (as you point out) 
should just be solved by UTF-8.

However, in practice sites depend on it because IE does it, and so I 
included it in the spec so that other vendors had something to refer to 
when dealing with customer demands.

> However, the only legal value in accept-charset should be utf8 when the 
> method is GET.

Fair enough. Added.

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