[whatwg] HTML5 and URI Templates

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Dec 2 00:17:56 PST 2008

On Sat, 1 Nov 2008, Erik Wilde wrote:
> > >
> > > The benefit would be having more control over the construction of 
> > > the URI rather than just the query parameters. I could have a form 
> > > with two simple fields "a" and "b" and specify 
> > > "http://test.org/customers/{a}/reports/{b}" as the action URI.
> >
> > I don't understand why this is such a big deal. Such, the URIs are 
> > nicer, but, big deal. Just do a redirect if it matters that much.
> i think this is the fundamental problem. you can do redirects if you 
> have everything under one control, the service provider and the one 
> building the forms. if this is not the case, then there is no way you 
> can do redirects. there is a service with a given URI scheme, and you 
> have to use it like that. can you build a form for it?

Just build a redirector on the same site as you build the form.

> anyway, like i said above, html5 might decide not to be interested in 
> that functionality or might regard it as out of scope. all i want to say 
> here is that to see the value in that proposal, it is important to 
> depart from the traditional view of form clients and services always 
> being created by one entity.

I think it's an interesting proposal, but it doesn't seem ground-breaking 
enough to really warrant additions in HTML5 at this point.

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