[whatwg] Forms and POST'ing to data: URL's

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Aug 25 17:28:12 PDT 2006

On Thu, 24 Aug 2006, Charles Iliya Krempeaux wrote:
> One use case, from my point-of-view, was to allow for non-networked form 
> submits

The solution is to use a scripting language, IMHO.

> What really motivated me to think about it is that is that I was writing 
> a blog post about how to create HTML e-mail signatures with hCards built 
> into them.
> I wanted to include a form to help them do this.  The reader would fill 
> in their name, e-mail address, etc, and it would generate HTML code they 
> could use for their HTML e-mail signature.
> However, I didn't want the form to make a request back to my server. 
> (Because people could be reading this in their feed reader were they 
> have the blog post cached from my feed.)  I wanted it to be entirely 
> self contained within the blog post.
> So, as you mentioned, one solution is JavaScript.  However, JavaScript 
> has a couple problem.  #1: It complex.  (Yes... I'm lazy :-)  )  #2: Not 
> all blog readers will allow the execution of JavaScript.

Not all readers will allow form submission, or data: URIs, either.

It seems that you'd very quickly run against limitations of a templating 
solution, and that the complexity of such a solution isn't worth the 
limited use it would get.

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