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HTTP 1.1 issue 17: 14.36 Referer

From: Ross Patterson <ROSSP@SS1.Reston.VMD.Sterling.COM>
Date: Mon, 09 Nov 98 10:46:42 EST
Message-Id: <199811091548.PAA00436@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
To: http-wg@hplb.hpl.hp.com

In section 14.36 "Referer", the statement

   "If the field value is a partial URI, it SHOULD be interpreted
   relative to the Request-URI."

sounds more like a MUST than a SHOULD. An interoperability problem will
result if two implementations interpret the referring URI differently.
If the SHOULD is due to compatibility with earlier usage, that should be
noted someplace.

Ross Patterson
VM Software Division
Sterling Software, Inc.
Received on Monday, 9 November 1998 16:45:26 EST

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