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

Olav Junker Kjær olav at olav.dk
Fri May 13 13:28:56 PDT 2005

James Graham wrote:
> 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.

No, its a great idea! ;-)

Most users dont know anything about POST or GET, but I believe its a 
common expectation that you can always safely click links (and then 
press back to return), while you should think twice about pressing a 
form button, since it might indicate that you agree to something or 
wants to buy something or subscribe to a mailinglist or whatever.

I think this coupling between protocol and UI is one of the great ideas 
of the web.

So a link which performs a unsafe action is not just wrong according to 
HTTP, its also bad UI.

Olav Junker Kjær

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