Re: request for new forms submission consensus (Marc Andreessen)
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Date: Tue, 12 Oct 93 13:32:43 -0700
From: (Marc Andreessen)
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To: (David C. Martin)
Cc: Dave_Raggett <>,,
Subject: Re: request for new forms submission consensus 
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David C. Martin writes:
> Completely agree!  But eventually I want to see local processing of
> actions from the user (e.g. indicating zipcode and getting state
> defaulted correctly :-) We need to start discussing the ability to
> download a script to accompany the document, e.g. in a stripped down
> TCL with TCL hooks into client (e.g. Mosaic) functionality for
> making the buttons, scrollbars, etc... *do* something interesting at
> the local machine.

Too much (and, in any case, too soon).  I feel like reposting my
"kitchen sink" speech -- we are not creating an actual full-featured
user interface builder (or building environment) here.  We are getting
close in *some* respects, but we aren't going to be able to offer the
range of functionality needed to deliver true GUI-building
capabilities, including flexibly and customizably reactive interfaces.
Therefore, I'd like to veto both the idea of arbitrarily tying
submission to any interface element (there are user interface problems
there, also -- it's not going to be clear to a user what's going on
and why) and the idea of forms behavior scripting.

Anticipating objections to my objection: During WWWWW this summer, I
was termed "closed minded" by at least one person for trying to draw
the line as to what we're willing to implement and support.  It's not
closed-mindedness, it's triage -- we just can't do everything.


> dcm
> --------
> Dave_Raggett writes:
> Frans van Hoesel has pointed out the value in being able to
> use a checkbox or an icon or whatever to submit forms. In 
> a tax return there might be a load of questions that become
> irrelevant when you click the checkbox to indicate that you
> are "single". In this case the form would be submitted and
> the server would then return it with the irrelevant questions
> greyed-out:
> Single? <INPUT NAME="single" TYPE=checkbox SUBMIT>
> The idea here is to make SUBMIT an independent attribute
> that can be used with arbitrary field types. You could
> have multiple "submit buttons" in the same form. This way
> authors can choose whether the form contents gets checked
> after each field on a per field basis.
> How about it?
> -- Dave