I-D ACTION:draft-ietf-html-fileupload-01.txt

Wed, 14 Dec 94 10:57:45 EST


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Title : Form-based File Upload in HTML
Author(s) : E. Nebel, L. Masinter
Filename : draft-ietf-html-fileupload-01.txt
Pages : 5
Date : 12/13/1994

Currently, HTML forms allow the producer of the form to request information
from the user reading the form. These forms have proven useful in a wide
variety of applications in which input from the user is necessary.
However, this capability is limited because HTML forms don't provide a way
to ask the user to submit files of data. Service providers who need to get
files from the user have had to implement custom user applications.
(Examples of these custom browsers have appeared on the www-talk mailing
list.) Since file-upload is a feature that will benefit many applications,
this draft proposes an extension to HTML to allow information providers to
express file upload requests uniformly, and a MIME compatible
representation for file upload responses. This draft also includes a
description of a backward compatibility strategy that allows new servers to
interact with the current HTML user agents.

The proposal is independent of which version of HTML it becomes a part;
in particular, no proposal is being made of whether this might be part
of HTML 2.0, 2.1, or 3.0.

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