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Re: IPP> RE: Implications of introducing new scheme and port for existing HTTP servers

From: Dave Kristol <dmk@bell-labs.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 16:16:36 -0400
Message-Id: <3575AF24.501A@bell-labs.com>
To: Yaron Goland <yarong@microsoft.com>
Cc: 'http-wg' <http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com>, "'ipp@pwg.org'" <ipp@pwg.org>
Yaron Goland wrote:
> 
> Rob clarified in personal e-mail that he meant the latest rev of the HTTP
> draft.
> 
> One of the innovations of HTTP in respect to many other protocols is that
> you do not need to modify the HTTP standard in order to add new methods for
> use with HTTP. Rather HTTP defines exactly how one is to act if one receives
> an unknown method. Thus one can safely add new methods and know that at the
> worst one will simply receive a method unknown error from servers/firewalls
> and be tunneled by proxies.

How can one "know that at the worst one will ... be tunneled by
proxies"?  I can't find anything in the HTTP/1.1 spec. that instructs
proxies to tunnel unknown methods.  I think at worst the request will be
rejected.

Dave Kristol
Received on Wednesday, 3 June 1998 13:20:59 EDT

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