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Re: Possible optimization to State-Info proposal

From: John Franks <john@math.nwu.edu>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 1995 08:05:32 -0500 (CDT)
Message-Id: <199508251305.IAA09616@hopf.math.nwu.edu>
To: Harald.T.Alvestrand@uninett.no
Cc: sjk@amazon.com, bobwyman@medio.com, dmk@allegra.att.com, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
According to Harald.T.Alvestrand@uninett.no:
>
> You know, the "HTTP/1.0 is state of the world" idea has some good sides.
> Now we can say, with a fair degree of sense, that "HTTP/1.0 says that
> GET and HEAD are mostly idempotent", while HTTP/1.1 says that
> "GET and HEAD are idempotent, and so can be cached, UNLESS the following
> parameters are put on the document by the server...."
> 
> Since 1.0 is descriptive, it has to say that the idempotency of GET
> is "by convention", while 1.1 is prescriptive, and can cast the idempotency
> into stone (rather soft stone, but stone nonetheless).
> 

What do you propose for the tens of thousands of documents which are
static except for containing a counter?  I think a lot of maintainers
are going to want to cache them, but they aren't idempotent GETs.

John Franks
Received on Friday, 25 August 1995 06:11:58 EDT

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