In HTML forms, the URL, defined in the "action" attribute, is the data receiving point upon form submission. The data can be sent via "GET", where it's appended to the URL, or "POST", where it's included in the HTTP request body, offering more security.
In the technical context of HTML forms, the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) plays a pivotal role as the receiving endpoint for form data when a user initiates a form submission. This target URL is outlined within the "action" attribute of the form tag, as demonstrated in the following code:
The delivery method of the form data hinges on the "method" attribute, which can take one of two values: "GET" or "POST". If "GET" is chosen as the method, the form data undergoes a process known as URL encoding, where it is appended to the URL following a question mark. This results in a URL structure similar to
for a search query.
On the other hand, when "POST" is selected as the method, the form data is embedded within the body of the HTTP request, effectively rendering it invisible in the URL. This method is widely regarded as more secure, particularly for sensitive data such as passwords. It's worth noting the key differences between "GET" and "POST": "GET" requests can be bookmarked and cached, whereas "POST" requests cannot. Furthermore, "GET" requests have length restrictions, while "POST" does not, allowing for larger amounts of data to be transmitted.