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RE: text of description of "POST"

From: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 15:58:48 -0700
To: "'Roy T. Fielding'" <fielding@apache.org>, "'Mark Baker'" <distobj@acm.org>
Cc: <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002001c1ebe3$98411470$77432099@larrypad>

Re the current wording of Section 9.5 of RFC 2616, which says:
> >>
> >>    The POST method is used to request that the origin server accept
the
> >>    entity enclosed in the request as a new subordinate of the
resource
> >>    identified by the Request-URI in the Request-Line. 


> However, I do think that the definition should include ALL of 
> the things for which POST is used, including the semantics of usenet 
> news and mail for which this method does continue to apply ....

I don't see how this method "does continue to apply" when it isn't
used in any of the methods I've ever seen for submitting email,
forms, weblogs, Wikis, etc.

Can you find an example of this, actually? I think the example
is bogus. I've certainly never seen one. (Yes, it's easy to make
one, but we're talking about "common usage" not "possible usage").
In web forms I've seen for web submitted mail, Wikis, Blogs,
etc., the Request URI is not the URI of the resource, and the
entity enclosed is form-data, not a new subordinate entity.

Larry
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