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From Martin Cooper <>
Subject Re: RE: [FileUpload] new user, querying functionality? commons-fileup load
Date Fri, 27 Aug 2004 19:19:22 GMT
On Fri, 27 Aug 2004 09:11:21 +0100,
<> wrote:
>    -----Original Message-----
>    From: Martin Cooper
>    > I don't know why the rfc didn't go with a multiple
>    attribute - such as
>    > the multiple attribute of the SELECT element, but oh well.
>    Don't blame the RFC. It specifically allows for the
>    uploading of multiple files in one go. It's just that most
>    browsers don't support that functionality. (I think Opera
>    does, but I'm not certain.)
> The HTML working group of W3C didn't fully take up the rfc!
> Hence its not in html 4.01, the last of the old brigade.
>  I guess we'll have to wait for xforms functionality in
> the mainstream browsers to see if that's got it. I haven't checked
> as yet.

Not true. From the HTML 4.01 spec, section 17.13.4:

'If multiple files are to be returned as the result of a single form
entry, they should be returned as "multipart/mixed" embedded within
the "multipart/form-data".'

As I said, it's the browser vendors who dropped the ball on this. The
specs are all in place, and have been for some time.

Martin Cooper

> regards daveP
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