Re: Form-based File Upload in HTML

Paul Burchard (
Mon, 30 Jan 95 18:33:00 EST

Larry Masinter <> writes:
> > 5.6 Interpretation of other attributes
> > The VALUE attribute might be used with <INPUT TYPE=file> tags for
> > a default file name. This use is probably platform dependent,
> > however, and probably should be avoided.

The ability for the server to set a default filename is both useful
and portable for _sequences_ of more than one transaction. Otherwise
the user might have to tediously select the same file again and again.

The visibility of filenames is important for the security of this
feature, of course.

Paul Burchard <>
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