[SPEC] Are (simple) commenting systems explicitly unsupported by gemini?

Omar Polo op at omarpolo.com
Mon Feb 22 13:15:34 GMT 2021

Thomas M <thomas5max at gmail.com> writes:

> Hi,
> as I understand it, currently only prompts for single-line inputs are
> supported, and it seems this is mostly intended for queries to search
> engines. This means, a (anonymous) commenting system could not be
> implemented on a gemini page (except for one-line comments).
> If multiline input prompts were possible, then you could implement a
> commenting system like this: the user would click on a "Click to add
> comment" link and then would get a text prompt where she could input a
> comment and then submit. (Optionally, the text prompt could be edited in
> an external editor.)
> I understand that the protocol explicitly doesn't want to implement
> complicated mechanisms like POST, but maybe it's possible to escape the
> line breaks and submit a multiline input the same way a single-line
> input can be submitted right now? (While I'm thinking about this, it
> might also be nice to let the server specify a MIME type for the input.)
> This system would still be far from the complexity of HTML forms
> (essentially it's equivalent to only allowing a single <textarea>), but
> might already be quite useful.
> Best,
> Thomas

Nothing prevents an user to submit a multi line replies to a 10/11 input
(UIs aside.)

I just tested this on elpher: `C-q C-j' inserts a newline and it gets
serialised ad %0A (as it should) when building the query.

The 1K limit still applies tho

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