[whatwg] A thought: <a href="..." method="post">

Michael Gratton 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 
same problem.

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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