[whatwg] Re: Radio UserLand: Mail from Ian Hickson

Brad Neuberg bkn3 at columbia.edu
Fri Apr 22 10:51:04 PDT 2005

Here's a possible API for GET and POST semantics without XmlHttpRequest:

window.location.href = base URL + URL parameters already appended
window.location.method = GET or POST, nothing else supported

If the method is a POST method, the internal code simply pulls all the 
parameters off of window.location.href and builds up a POST request using 
them.  Should it URL encode each query parameter and key first, or assume 
that they are already URL-encoded?


At 07:40 AM 4/22/2005, Jon Udell wrote:
>On 4/22/05, radio at spam.hixie.ch <radio at spam.hixie.ch> wrote:
> > You write "If JavaScript is going to be an appropriate technology of 
> intermediation, would
> >  it make sense for it to offer an easy way to issue a non-interactive 
> >
> > Yes, it would. I urge you to send your suggestions to 
> whatwg at whatwg.org, where
> >  we're discussing this kind of thing and writing specs that browsers 
> will be implementing.
>OK. Then I do propose an easy way to issue a non-interactive HTTP POST.
>As to how, I'm probably the wrong guy to propose something. My first
>thought was that,  if  a list were assigned to location.href, then the
>base URL would be the first element and the URL-encoded data the
>second. This maps to how curl and Python work. But a problem here is
>that POST is only implicit, so what about PUT, DELETE, etc.?
>Perhaps one could make a case that POST is important enough to be
>included in the most basic idiom, along with GET, and for other stuff
>there's an advanced idiom?
>- Jon

Brad Neuberg, bkn3 at columbia.edu
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