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Re: 301/302

From: Foteos Macrides <MACRIDES@sci.wfbr.edu>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 15:06:32 -0500 (EST)
To: kweide@tezcat.com
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <01ILUOBFQVO2005F6K@SCI.WFBR.EDU>
Klaus Weide <kweide@tezcat.com> wrote:
>On Tue, 29 Jul 1997, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
>
>> As Foteos hinted, swapping the meaning of 302 and 303 is a solution
>> to the implementation problem.  I don't think it would affect Apache much.
>> However, it would require universal agreement among the rest of the
>> implementers, and it would require recycling HTTP/1.1 as Proposed
>> and not as a Draft Standard.  It is not something to be taken lightly.
>
>I hope the idea of just "swapping" 302 and 303 is not being entertained
>seriously.  303 is a clean thing and doesn't need to be fixed - don't
>dump the problem on those who have tried to do the right thing.[1]
>[...]
>[1] There probably aren't many who use 303.  But at least the lynx mailing
>    list has directed people with problems to read the HTTP specs (RFC 
>    1945, then the 1.1 draft and later RFC), to read the "Note:"s in the
>    301 and 302 descriptions, and to use 303.

	It's a matter of personal opinion whether passing the buck to
the user via an option to use the 303 behavior for a 302 is a solution
to the problem, or just a "workaround kludge" for an unsolved problem.
I certainly didn't intend for that to be treated as anything more than
one of Fote's workaround kludges.

				Fote

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