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Re: What can you cache? [was: Byte ranges -- formal spec proposal ]

From: David - Morris <dwm@shell.portal.com>
Date: Fri, 19 May 1995 13:48:09 -0700 (PDT)
To: http working group <http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
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On Thu, 18 May 1995, Ari Luotonen wrote:

> I beieve Dan Connolly wrote (attribution was deleted): 

> > 
> > Bzzzt. GET requests are specified to be idempotent. No visible
> > side-effects allowed.
> 
> *sigh*... We both know this, but we both know that in practice it's
> not true.  The Web is full of such CGI programs.

Worse then that, there are (or were recently) browsers which ignored
the action=post on a form and presented it as GET to the cgi program.
(I presume that you would accept that POST may have required sideeffects
as well?)

Dave Morris
Received on Friday, 19 May 1995 13:52:49 EDT

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