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RE: Question of many METHODs

From: Joris Dobbelsteen <j.p.tdobbelsteen@freeler.nl>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 14:56:40 +0200
To: <http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com>
Message-ID: <000201bf9efe$64f78c90$0d0aa8c0@Thuis.local>
Only some are commonly used.

=== COMMONLY USED for Browsing ===
GET - Retreive documents, used most by your web browser
POST - Posting forms of HTML pages (commonly used)

=== HTTP/1.1 WEB EDITING ===
HEAD - Commonly used for testing hyperlinks (same as GET, but without
PUT - Sending a file to a web server
DELETE - Remove files

=== Admin ===
OPTIONS - Setting settings on a web server or proxy server??? don't know
TRACE - Tracing the path of a request through proxy servers and to a web

If you are building a simple HTTP/1.1 interface you should implement

HEAD can be done simply using the same code as GET, but you don't get the

PUT/DELETE/e.d. should be implemented if you plan web publishing or

Since I was building a proxy server, these functions are mostly used (GET &
If you build a proxy server, it's recommended to implement the CONNECT
command for
tunneling, but this not in your case (i think).

HTTP/1.1 also supports authentication and much more methods to secure data
on a web server. The PUT, DELETE, e.d. functions are not a security issue if
they require you to authenticate with digest or NTLM authentication (or some
alike). Also it's possible to use HTTPS for web publishing, what even
protects the data being transmitted, useful for sensative documenents.

So don't worry about security, just ensure you are making the library
HTTP/1.1-compliant and are a bit compatible with HTTP/1.0, what should not
be an issue if you follow the standards.

	Joris Dobbelsteen

-----Original Message-----
From: Kojiro Goto [mailto:goto@isp21.co.jp]
Sent: woensdag 5 april 2000 11:24
To: http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
Subject: Question of many METHODs


I have a question about HTTP Protocol.
I wonder if all of METHODs have been actually used (or
implemented?) because there are so MANY METHODs

  This function is like UNIX TRCEROUTE COMMAND?
  This is only for Debug?
  Is it useful?

[2] PUT
  Is this the same as FTP PUT?

  This is to delete files on a server?
  If so, isn't it a security issue?

  What the function is for?

A client (User Agent) must support all of these METHODs?
I do not like to implement METHODs which I rarely use.
As XTHML1.1-Basic will include a thin spec for a thin client,
there must be a thin HTTP spec which supports only necessary
I am thinking that above [1],[3] and [4] are not necessary.

Is there anybody who knows such a thin spec?
Any information or opinion is welcomed.


-- Kojiro Goto
-- goto@isp21.co.jp
Received on Wednesday, 5 April 2000 14:00:34 UTC

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