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Re: HTTP 1.1 issue 02: 3.11 Entity Tags

From: Jeffrey Mogul <mogul@pa.dec.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 98 10:44:31 PST
Message-Id: <9811101844.AA05935@acetes.pa.dec.com>
To: http-wg@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Larry Masinter writes:
    > The point that is trying to be made is that an entity tag can only
    > be used relative to the same requested resource.  Personally, I wish
    > Etags were stronger than this, but that is their definition.
    
    At the time we discussed this, it was believed that we could at some
    later date add other kinds of ETags with a broader scope (server
    unique or even globally unique).
    
    I think the possibility is still open to do this, in a separate
    specification. Old clients/proxies would just see the new ETag as
    having a narrower scope of uniqueness.

Actually, there has a proposal on the table, since January:

    http://www.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/http/draft-mogul-http-delta-00.txt

which includes a careful definition of "uniqueness scope"
and "a means to extend the uniqueness scope to include
multiple resources," although that is not the primary purpose
of this draft.  Constructive comments are encouraged.

-Jeff
Received on Tuesday, 10 November 1998 18:45:16 EST

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