Re: draft-cohen-http-ext-postal-00.txt

From: Larry Masinter (
Date: Fri, Feb 27 1998

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From: "Larry Masinter" <>
To: "Josh Cohen" <>, <>, <>
Cc: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 16:55:05 PST
Subject: Re: draft-cohen-http-ext-postal-00.txt

For what it's worth, my opinion on POSTal:

Whether an operation deserves a new method depends on whether the >operation
is likely to be applied to the same resource that ALSO might respond to >GET,
POST, or PUT. Otherwise, you're better off using an existing method with >a different
URI or content-type or modified headers.

In the case of WebDAV, the protocol is adding new operations to existing >resources.
In the case of IPP, the protocol is actually just being applied to new >resources ("printers").

So WebDAV needs new methods, but IPP can use POST without a problem.

The "firewall" issue is a red herring. (Yes, it's red. No, it's >irrelevant.)