[whatwg] WF2: Non-validating submit buttons

Kornel Lesinski kornel at osiolki.net
Wed Jan 24 16:18:12 PST 2007

On Wed, 24 Jan 2007 21:55:16 -0000, Simon Pieters <zcorpan at hotmail.com>  

>> However, this doesn't solve the use case of saving an unfinished  form  
>> server-side.
> Are there any real-world examples where you can save an unfinished form  
> on the server and continue filling it afterwards, that also has required  
> fields (when the form is finished)? I have never seen such a form.

Saving incomplete forms is a recommendation in <cite isbn="0-7357-1410-X"  
;) >Devensive Design for the Web</cite> which provides www.bankone.com as  
an example site that saves incomplete applicatios (I don't know however if  
that's via save button or just up to the last completed step).

IMHO non-validating button makes sense for saving drafts of various kinds  
(webmail, blog post, wiki page).

Another use-case is a preview button.

Example: comment submission on a blog. You may require users to fill-in  
their name and e-mail address, but these fields aren't neccessary to  
display a preview of text formatting.

regards, Kornel Lesiński

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