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Re: making progress on State-Info

From: Dave Kristol <dmk@allegra.att.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 95 20:27:20 EST
Message-Id: <9512100128.AA09860@ig2.att.att.com>
To: sankar@fcrao1.phast.umass.edu
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
"Sankar Virdhagriswaran, Crystaliz Inc." <sankar@fcrao1.phast.umass.edu> wrote:
  > 
  > Seems like the state-info proposal covers what one would need for the
  > moment. While it pushes the really difficult aspect of implementing
  > transactional concepts to CGI bin scripts, one could argue that is how it
  > should be (since the notion of transaction varies in different application
  > areas). 

Let me try to clarify something.  The value for the State-Info header
is opaque.  But just because the specification says it's opaque does
not mean a server can't structure the information in some way specific
to it, such as making the first part a path.  The server could further
assume that State-Info headers that return to it have that structure
and use the path information to control behavior.

There's a false presumption that a CGI-like mechanism must be used for
all implementations of State-Info.  The mechanism is general and can be
implemented and used many ways.

Dave Kristol
Received on Saturday, 9 December 1995 17:30:19 EST

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