[whatwg] input type=upload (not just files) proposal

Simpson, Grant Leyton glsimpso at indiana.edu
Tue Jun 8 07:52:02 PDT 2010

O.K. Just wanted to clarify. With this sort of dialog in mind, I like your proposal. (I find it unrealistic to think that the average user would write out "file://..." but maybe I am mistaken.) 

However, I see one possible issue. Some apps provide the means to work with local files, URLs, and direct text input (such as the W3C's validator: http://validator.w3.org/). Might others expand your suggestion to include the direct text option? I don't have an opinion on that other than to say that the appropriate balance between utility and complexity would need to be found.

On Jun 8, 2010, at 10:45 AM, Eitan Adler wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 5:37 PM, Simpson, Grant Leyton
> <glsimpso at indiana.edu> wrote:
>> Are you wanting the user to manually enter the filename, including the file:// scheme? If not, are you envisioning the file dialog box to provide a choice between selecting local files and entering an http/ftp url?
>> On Jun 8, 2010, at 10:32 AM, Eitan Adler wrote:
>>> It would then be the server's job to fetch the file unless the user
>>> passed it a file:// scheme it which case the file would be provided by
>>> the UI.
> I imagine this would be a UI decision - not one made by the spec.
> However I, with very limited experience in UI creation, am envisioning
> a dialog box as you mention.
> Another option would be to have buttons to the side of the textbox one
> that has a web icon and another that has a folder icon.
> -- 
> Eitan Adler

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