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RE: On pipelining -Reply

From: Miles Sabin <msabin@cromwellmedia.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 17:39:55 -0000
Message-ID: <AA4C152BA2F9D211B9DD0008C79F760A675263@odin.cromwellmedia.co.uk>
To: http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
Christopher K. St. John wrote,
> SHOULD (in the rfc2119 sense) is unfortunately the operative
> word here. GET's idempotence is a SHOULD, not a MUST. 
> Reference rfc2616, section 9.1.1. 

Not at all. I don't see anything there, or anywhere else, which
states that GETs idempotence is optional.

All it says is that GET "SHOULD NOT have any significance other 
than retreival". That's a *very* long way from permitting side-
effects. It allows but discourages, for example, a server
making a rude noise when it handles a GET ... but that's not 



Miles Sabin                       Cromwell Media
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