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Re: idempotence of POST

From: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 1996 15:16:37 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-Id: <199609191316.PAA02604@wsooti03.win.tue.nl>
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Larry Masinter:
>c) allow the return value of POST to indicate that the request
>   can be repeated safely.

c) is the way to go.  A smooth upgrade path is everything.

[...]
>Is this worth pursuing?

I think it is worth pursuing.  POST results in history lists are a
major problem for both browser authors and forms+CGI programmers, and
c) is a simple 90% solution which can be deployed quickly.

In the long term we need 

 1) real transaction support
 2) a standard for history list behavior

to solve all problems one encounters when trying to make a robust
forms based user interface.  Differences in history list
implementations continue to be a major problem for forms+CGI
programmers.

>Larry

Koen.
Received on Thursday, 19 September 1996 07:02:14 EDT

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