[whatwg] A thought: <a href="..." method="post">
michael at quuxo.com
Thu May 12 20:28:10 PDT 2005
[resent, to the list this time]
On 13/05/2005, at 4:31, Sjoerd Visscher wrote:
> I like this proposal because it actually solves the original problem,
> without a need for Google to change their accelerator code.
No, it won't in many/most cases.
The Google Accelerator (and every other spidering tool, such as wget)
will still fetch those links using GET because they are not aware of
the new semantics implied by method="post". Most web applications I
have seen (certainly nearly every one written in Java) do not
differentiate between parameters provided by a GET or a POST; you can
do either and the application will work in the same way. So the
Accelerator will keep on fetching those links and applications will
still perform some non-idempotent action and we will still have the
Since implementing this proposal to solve the Google Accelerator
problem means both modifying existing UA to support it and/or fixing
the web apps that are broken anyway, I would rather just fix the broken
web apps in the first place and not implement this proposal.
Michael Gratton, Software Architect.
Quuxo Software <http://web.quuxo.com/>
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