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Re: Editorial issue 304-SHOULD

From: Jeffrey Mogul <mogul@pa.dec.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 98 11:54:34 PST
Message-Id: <9803121954.AA21370@acetes.pa.dec.com>
To: Jim Gettys <jg@pa.dec.com>
Cc: http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
Right, this ought to be a SHOULD.

Interestingly enough, this "bug" basically goes back to RFC1945,
where it says:

      c) If the resource has not been modified since a valid
         If-Modified-Since date, the server shall return a 304 (not
         modified) response.

RFC2119 says that "SHALL" and "MUST" mean the same thing, although
I'm not sure that was the intention in RFC1945.

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