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

Henri Sivonen hsivonen at iki.fi
Fri May 13 06:47:01 PDT 2005

On May 13, 2005, at 06:28, Michael Gratton wrote:

> 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.

Of the various server-side frameworks available Java servlets are among 
the most cluefully designed when it comes to getting HTTP right. If a 
developer calls doPost from doGet, there is nothing the framework 
designer can do about it.

I'm still -1 on changing the specs to accommodate people who have been 
ignoring RFC 2616.

By the way, the main problem with the publicized case was that their 
non-idempotent GETs did not have query strings. Usually the people who 
don't respect the idempotency of GETs also have crufty URLs with query 
strings so that a robot can apply heuristics to avoid query strings.

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi

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