[whatwg] Solving the login/logout problem in HTML
philipp.kempgen at amooma.de
Tue Nov 25 13:18:00 PST 2008
Ian Hickson schrieb:
> On Tue, 25 Nov 2008, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> > The problem is that you'd basically have to duplicate the entire form,
>> > since login forms can be arbitrarily complex. If the bot has the
>> > username and password, why not also give it the username field name,
>> > password field name, and login script url? Just consider them part of
>> > the credentials.
>> That works in theory, but doesn't scale.
>> For instance, we've been working on a search engine that scan internet
>> sites that may require authentication. Configuring that login for each
>> site would be a maintenance nightmare.
> Well for a piece of software of that scale, parsing the document using an
> off-the-shelf HTML parser and finding the first matching <form> element
> and then applying normal HTML semantics to get to the form fields
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