Submitting input-form data to server (Marc Andreessen)
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 93 01:18:40 -0500
From: (Marc Andreessen)
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To: (Pei Y. Wei)
Subject: Submitting input-form data to server
In-reply-to: <9309050231.AA06656@sting.Berkeley.EDU>
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Pei Y. Wei writes:
> * What syntax do we choose for marking up a property list? SGML or MIME?

How 'bout neither?  Forms submit queries; why not stick with the
current query syntax?  That is, 'url?query' ... with 'query' looking
something like:


...with the '=' and '&' characters used as reserved characters
(escaped as %xx in any of the name or value strings, as usual).

This is what we're doing in Mosaic 2.0 at the moment; I was within 24
hours of sending out a message to this effect when your note arrived
:-).  See

...for details on what we're up to, but note that we're probably going
to change the checkbox handling back closer to what the HTML+
currently says.

> * What information do we return in the property list? Complete text 
>   (form document + input values), or only the essential user-input values?

Just name=value pairs.  Everything else is irrelevant.

> Perhaps MIME would be a better wrapper instead of SGML tags? For example,
> it should be easier for MIME to handle the case where the user enters 
> "<VALUE>" for an input. Instead of escaping the content, MIME delimiters
> are variable.

We already have an escaping mechanism for queries; how 'bout we just
use that...