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From Dirk-Willem van Gulik <>
Subject Re: Order of parameters
Date Wed, 08 Oct 2003 09:51:15 GMT

On Wed, 8 Oct 2003, Martin van Dijken wrote:

> I've been trying to create an automated form handler. This form handler
> could be a lot more effective if the request parameters were in the
> order they were put on the form. Now most browsers send this information

MOST browsers; certainly not all.

> over HTTP in the order they were found in the form. However, because the
> parameters are in Tomcat put into a Hashtable, the order is lost and can
> never be rebuilt.

Unfortunately it is not uncommon for anti-virus/filtering proxies to mess
with the order as well.

If you are requiring order it may makes the most sense to NOT trust the
wire - but do the ordering yourself on entry as described.

But bear in mind that it is generally much much safer to check for a
explicit field name in the Hash table than to rely even on the ordering; a
broken proxy (common) or some malicious person (less common) may have
removed or added fields.

So this idea may not be one which leads to safe habits.


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