[whatwg] rel/rev for <form> ?
mdierken at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 5 18:41:58 PST 2005
> > * Do you think that be able to use other HTTP methods, other than
> > GET, is important?
> In this case, not. The way I see it, web crawlers,
> extensions, user scripts, user agents and the like can use
> the URIs of any resource, based on the REL. For example,
> rel="author": this *should* give an URI to the author of the
> web page, but how would this work with a <form>? Would you
> require it to use POST or another method? Forms are more
> complex than simple links, they require user interaction
> that validates the values).
> Also, forms are not for "general availability", in the sense
> of ... web crawlers should *not* try to submit them (that's
> what the bad spam bots do when trying to post spam comments).
I actually would find it interesting and useful for a the inputs of a form
to have a 'class' attribute that indicates the meaning of the parameter -
and let a web crawler find all the forms that use a certain class of input
<form action="citizens.cgi" method='GET'>
<input name='the-ssn' class='gov.us/identity/individual-tax-id'
<form action="houses-for-sale.cgi" method='GET'>
<input name='zip' class='gov.us/postal/zip-code' type='text' />
It would be cool to have a service that discovered these forms and then
provided a search of all the URIs that accepted social-security-number, or
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