[whatwg] Is there any reason for the continued existence of enctype attribute at the form element

Mark Kaplun mark at marksw.com
Mon Oct 12 05:26:29 PDT 2009

Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Sun, 11 Oct 2009, Mark Kaplun wrote:
>> Boris, I have agreed with your first response that I don't know 
>> enough about all the crazy things that people might be doing, to make 
>> this attribute to disappear. However I don't see how changing the 
>> default mime type will have any affect on the existing web pages and 
>> for web pages which will be authored in the next few years, as long 
>> as there are tested against IE8.
>> IMHO this attribute is a bug in the specification which is causing 
>> annoyance to any web developer which do not use IDE's to create 
>> forms. Changing the default the way I described might create a 
>> different annoyance, but in my opinion it will be a much lesser one.
> I've certainl written CGI scripts without libraries where the CGI 
> script only supports one enctype. I doubt I'm alone in this.
Ian, if posting was implemented my way (browser selects best encoding as 
default) when you wrote the CGI, your work was harder, easier or no 
change at all?

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