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RE: questions -- clarifications requested

From: Shel Kaphan <sjk@amazon.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 1995 18:55:59 -0700
Message-Id: <199508300155.SAA16613@bert.amazon.com>
To: Paul Leach <paulle@microsoft.com>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com

More ruminations.

Paul Leach writes:
 > For POST, the situation is more complex, since it says that the entity 
 > returned is
 > 	"an entity describing or containing the result of the action"
 > If there were a way to determine that it contained the result of the 
 > action,

What does that mean?  By definition what is returned as the result of
an action is the result of the action.

   and some guarantee that a subsequent GET (of the URI specified 
 > by the Location header in the response) would fetch this entity,

That is what the Location header is defined to do.  The alpha 1.1 spec
says:  "For 2xx responses, the location should be the URL needed to
retrieve that same resource again ...".  This presumably means, e.g.,
by using GET.

 then 
 > your argument would hold. However, since neither of the predicates are 
 > true, it seems that the conclusion doesn't follow.
 > 

As far as I can see, both are true.
--Shel
Received on Tuesday, 29 August 1995 19:00:59 EDT

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