Re: Truly interactive HTML

Russel Kipp Jones (
Wed, 11 Jan 1995 16:41:24 +0100

Hugh writes--->
> In my reading of various HTML docs I haven't noticed (or understood)
> how to have the user send a file (e.g. of text, image or audio) to a
> script on the server. What I want is a way to have an "attach" button
> in the document. When the button is pressed, the client would query
> the user for filename(s). When the "submit" button is pressed the
> file(s) would be attached (MIME-style) to what the client ships off to
> the server. The server would then return something based on an
> "analysis" of what the user sent.

I believe there has been an Internet-Draft written on this very topic
by Larry Masinter and Ernesto Nebel, "Form-based File Upload in HTML",

It specifies the ability to upload files using a form based mark-up,
it also includes the MIME encoding. They have an example
implementation for Mosaic, the code is accessible at

"To learn the current status of any Internet-Draft, please check the
``1id-abstracts.txt'' listing contained in the Internet-Drafts Shadow
Directories on (Africa), (Europe), (Pacific Rim), (US East Coast), or (US West Coast)."

Hope this helps...

Kipp Jones (
Graduate Research Assistant Computing and Networking Services
College of Computing, Room 212, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
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