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Re: PEP and new methods

From: Rohit Khare <khare@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 1997 13:21:53 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199702191821.NAA07406@anansi.w3.org>
To: gjw@wnetc.com, http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com

In this case, you don't negotiate a new method, you just use it. At worst,
you can use OPTIONS to learn about which methods a server might volunteer
to divulge.

The failure semantics of an unknown method are quite useful. It's hard to
make upgrades that fail-at-the-server-when-unknown. failure is an important
part of the versioning and compatibility story for dist. obj. systems.

So, to turn it around: if PEP really need semantics for requesting protocols:

"the server MUST encrypt the response or fail"

when talking to a server we weren't "sure" had PEP, or even if it had PEP, if
it had "encrypt", we'd need to invent a new method, say PGET, which would b
be dead on arrival at a non-pep server.

Instead, you use PEP to negotiate features which are not "showstoppers" and
use new methods for those which are.

Rohit Khare

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Received on Wednesday, 19 February 1997 10:38:57 EST

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