Simulate a Form POST Request Using WinInet
HOWTO: Simulate a Form POST Request Using WinInetLast reviewed: February 10, 1998
Article ID: Q165298
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To properly simulate a Form submission using WinInet, you need to send a header that indicates the proper Content-Type. For Forms, the proper Content-Type header is:
In many cases, the server does not respond appropriately if a Content-Type is not specified. For example, the Active Server Pages component of IIS 3.0 actually checks this header specifically for 'application/x-www-form- urlencoded' before adding form variables to the "Request.Form" object. This MIME/Content-Type indicates that the data of the request is a list of URL- encoded form variables. URL-encoding means that space character (ASCII 32) is encoded as '+', special character such '!' encoded in hexadecemal form as '%21'.
Here is a snippet of code that uses the MFC WinInet classes to simulate a Form POST request:
Without MFC, the same code translates to straight SDK calls as follows:
For more information on URL-encoding and the format of a Form POST request, see section 8.2 in RFC 1866.