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Re: Why is From: limited?

From: Roman Czyborra <czyborra@cs.tu-berlin.de>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 22:15:05 +0100
To: HTTP Working Group <http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Message-Id: <czyborra950323221525167@boa.cs.tu-berlin.de>
> >1. Why is From: only a request header?  It would be nice to provide
> >   the address of the file owner so you know where to send comments
> >   if the author forgot to add a <LINK REV="made" HREF="mailto:...">
>
> Sure, it'd be nice. It's probably impossible to implement in an efficient
> fashion on most servers today.

No, not at all.  On Unix, every file already has an owner, and I could 
hack my httpd in no time to construct an email address from it.

> There are plenty of times when the author of a document has no desire to be
> contacted by millions of people on the net.

The response From: could and should be optional as the request From:

> 	Link: <mailto:e-mail_address>; REL="made"

This would have to be REV="made", not REL.

From: would provide better compatibility with the existing tools for
rfc822 messages than Link. 
Received on Thursday, 23 March 1995 13:29:18 EST

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