[whatwg] WF2 - <form action="">

Thomas Broyer t.broyer at gmail.com
Sun Jul 1 04:56:26 PDT 2007

2007/7/1, Philip Taylor:
> WF2 says:
>   "When the [form element's action] attribute is absent, UAs must act
> as if the action attribute was the empty string, which is a relative
> URI reference, and would thus point to the current document (or the
> specified base URI, if any)."
> But: http://software.hixie.ch/utilities/js/live-dom-viewer/?%3C%21DOCTYPE%20html%3E%0D%0A%3Cbase%20href%3D%22http%3A//google.com%22%3E%3Cform%3E%3Cinput%20type%3Dsubmit%3E
> In IE7, FF2, FF3, Opera 9.2, it ignores the base URI and always
> submits to the current page. In Safari 3, it does take account of the
> base URI. In all, <form action=""> does the same as <form>. In all,
> <form action="."> does take account of the base URI. Perhaps it would
> be sensible to follow the majority.

Wouldn't that be a violation of RFC3986?


Are there pages in the wild relying on that behavior (i.e. has Apple
received a bug report for pages breaking in Safari? [1])

[1] Hmm, seems like there is such a bug report, with people
misunderstanding RFC3986 §4.4 and relying on such broken behaviors:
(for the first example, it's at
http://www.polytechnique.fr/eleves/login.php, there's a <base
href="http://www.polytechnique.fr/eleves/"> and <form action="">
expected to be POSTed to login.php)

Thomas Broyer

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