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Re: Any interest in automatic link-updating?

From: Vance Huntley <vance@webgenesis.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 1996 09:06:12 -0400
Message-Id: <v03007607ae0ff04368a9@[]>
To: James Marshall <jsm@crl.com>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
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At 16:31 -0400 96.07.13, James Marshall wrote:
>Is anyone interested in a simple mod to HTTP to allow more efficient link
>updating when a 301 response occurs?  I once designed an addition to HTTP
>to allow updating of referrers the first time any user follows an old
>link, rather than waiting on (at best?) a periodic link-check performed by
>the server.
>I designed it as an exercise; now that I have it, and we're in
>1.2-issues-phase, I thought I'd ask the WG if there's any interest.  Is
>there enough long-term efficiency gain to warrant a change to the
>protocol?  Implementors of link-editing HTTP servers, does this appeal to
>you at all?

I agree that updating broken links is a useful feature in a web server.  But why does this need to be addressed in the standard?  Is this really anything more than a useful utility for webmasters  ( as opposed to a client-server communication issue which must be addressed in the standard )?

Apologies in advance if I'm just being dense :-)

Vance Huntley

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