[whatwg] WF2: Non-validating submit buttons
mart at degeneration.co.uk
Wed Apr 4 11:17:25 PDT 2007
Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Wed, 04 Apr 2007 14:05:44 +0200, Christian Schmidt
> <whatwg.org at chsc.dk> wrote:
>>> It would be useful to be able to mark certain submit buttons as
>> There appears to be at least some demand for such a feature, and so
>> far there has been no negative responses. What is the next step?
> Providing some compelling usecases.
I thought we'd already done that. Here's a quick summary of the
use-cases presented so far, though of course whether or not they are
"compelling" is up to the reader to decide:
* For "cancel" buttons where the server-side app just throws the
submitted form data away, it's pointless to validate it client-side.
* Allowing the user to submit an unfinished form to the server to be
saved for later completion.
* A "preview" button that allows the user to see the results of what
has been completed so far without completing the entire form.
* Buttons that trigger round-trips to the server to alter the form in
Of these, the first and last are the ones that I find most compelling as
they are two things that are done in the wild on the web today that are
broken — or at least made a lot more tricky — by the use of Web Forms
client-side declarative validation.
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