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

James Graham jg307 at cam.ac.uk
Fri May 13 08:56:44 PDT 2005

Henri Sivonen wrote:

> 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.

That seems to be based on the belief that all things which look like 
links must correspond to idempotent actions. I don't think this is true 
and, in general, think that trying to couple the user interface to the 
underlying protocol is a bad idea.

"But if science you say still sounds too deep,
Just do what Beaker does, just shrug and 'Meep!'"

-- Dr. Bunsen Honeydew & Beaker of Muppet Labs

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