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RE: HTTP 1.1 issue 13: 11 Access Authentication (ROSS13)

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 16:51:00 PST
To: "Jim Gettys" <jg@pa.dec.com>, "Ross Patterson" <ROSSP@ss1.reston.vmd.sterling.com>
Cc: <http-wg@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Message-Id: <003a01be0d0d$59cd1120$aa66010d@copper.parc.xerox.com>
> > In section 11 "Access Authentication", the statement
> > 
> >    "HTTP provides several OPTIONAL challenge-response authentication
> >    mechanisms which MAY be used by a server to challenge a client
> >    request and by a client to provide authentication information."
> > 
> > is not a requirement, so the "MAY" should be changed to "may".
> > 
> 
> I'll change the "MAY" to "can".

"MAY" is not used to designate requirements, but goes
along with OPTIONAL; if something is OPTIONAL, then you
MAY do it. It's not necessary to say both OPTIONAL and
MAY, but there's nothing wrong with the text as it was.

But you MAY change it if you actually think it's better.

Larry
Received on Wednesday, 11 November 1998 00:51:25 EST

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