Add multipart support in HTTP client
As documented, multipart HTTP requests and responses are not currently supported properly by the Saxon-JS HTTP client (
Note that multipart HTTP requests are not currently implemented. Some rules anticipate these being available.
Multipart responses are not currently properly handled. A multipart response will be returned as one text/plain body in body (rather than an array of body parts in multipart-bodies.)
It has always been on the todo list to extend the support for multipart HTTP messages, but there has been no progress on this for some time.
The lack of support is an issue for sending
FormData by HTTP. See notes #4732#note-4 and #4732#note-6 in Issue Support #4732: Upgrading AtomGraph application from Saxon-CE to Saxon-JS 2.
Updated by Debbie Lockett almost 2 years ago
For the specific problem with sending
Usually to send
FormData as the request body, the
media-type should be
multipart/form-data, and the
boundary must be set. (See https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTTP/Methods/POST)
FormData is to not set the
Content-Type header explicitly, but rather to leave it undefined and to let
XMLHttpRequest in the browser set it to supply the boundary automatically (see https://stackoverflow.com/questions/40351429/formdata-how-to-get-or-set-boundary-in-multipart-form-data-angular).
However this is not possible with
ixsl:schedule-action/@http-request, because here the
media-type is mandatory (in the supplied
We should review this condition, since even in the absence of full support for multipart HTTP requests, making
media-type optional could allow support for sending
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