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Re: 301/302

From: Ben Laurie <ben@algroup.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 20:50:45 +0100
Message-Id: <34106295.DA86B1E7@algroup.co.uk>
To: John Franks <john@math.nwu.edu>, "http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com"@hplb.hpl.hp.com
John Franks wrote:
> 
> On Fri, 5 Sep 1997, Ben Laurie wrote:
> 
> > Scott Lawrence wrote:
> > >   If a server gets a request labeled HTTP/1.1, it should
> > >   treat it as one and respond with 1.1; the complexity of looking at
> > >   User-Agent values and making some decision based on them is too much
> > >   to contemplate (especially since many browsers lie in thier
> > >   User-Agent headers).
> >
> > Practical experience has shown us (the Apache Group) that it is not
> > possible to deploy a fully compliant HTTP/1.1 server without making
> > allowance for broken browsers.
> >
> 
> Yes, but this is not an issue of broken browsers.  It is a question of
> *all* correctly implemented browsers, and which versions of them
> support which version(s) of HTTP.
> 
> I have the greatest respect for the Apache project.  What you have
> achieved is truly remarkable and I am a big fan.  But if your 1.1
> servers use 303 and 307 then as soon as 1.1 proxies appear there will
> be a lot of broken transactions.  I see no way around this except
> never to use 303/307 and revert to 302.  Perhaps I am wrong.  I hope
> so.

I'm afraid I haven't been following the 303/307/302 debate closely
(that's Roy's job). I was merely making an observation about the
necessity and practicality of paying attention to User-Agent.

Rest assured that if the proposed solution doesn't work, it won't be
deployed in Apache - we're not in the business of breaking 40%+ of the
Web.

Cheers,

Ben.

BTW, can anyone explain why the title of this thread is 301/302?

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