[whatwg] WF2: Non-validating submit buttons

Christian Schmidt whatwg.org at chsc.dk
Wed Jan 24 13:37:55 PST 2007

Martin Atkins skrev:
> It would be useful to be able to mark certain submit buttons as 
> non-validating.

Another use case:
The WF2 repetition model allows insertion of e.g. extra rows in a table, 
but all inserted rows etc. are based on the same template. If the new 
row can be based on different templates, a server round-trip is often 
preferred (one can probably achieve the intended effect using Ajax, but 
sometimes a more low-tech solution is preferable).
One example of this is this a select control where the user can choose 
an element to insert and a submit button that inserts the selected 
element using a post-back but without validating fields on the page that 
has not been filled out yet:
+- New paragraph -----------------------------------------------+
| Select paragraph type:                                        |
| [ Text paragraph   |V]                                        |
|                                          [ Insert paragraph ] |

Yet another use case:
A web application allows a user to order e.g. an insurance. The price 
depends on a lot of things, and not all calculation and user validation 
can be done client-side. Before ordering, the user may want to select 
different product options and calculate a price before making the actual 
order. In this case, the specified options are sent to the server for 
calculation, but the other fields are just "silent passengers" on the 
round-trip, so that the fields keep their values after the post-back.

This also applies in e.g. a CMS where the user fills out a template and 
is able to get a preview using a post-back. It would be convenient to 
allow previews even though not all required data has been entered yet.


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