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Re: New Status Code -- 2xx Greedy Hotel?

From: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 14:55:20 +0100
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Cc: "ietf-http-wg@w3.org Group" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20070315135520.GF13935@raktajino.does-not-exist.org>

I wonder if a specific redirect code wouldn't be better.
Thomas Roessler, W3C  <tlr@w3.org>

On 2007-03-15 13:48:17 +0000, Mark Nottingham wrote:
> From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
> To: "ietf-http-wg@w3.org Group" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
> Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 13:48:17 +0000
> Subject: New Status Code -- 2xx Greedy Hotel?
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> After being in hotels for a few weeks, I'm starting to wonder whether a new 2xx HTTP status 
> code could be defined whose semantic is "This isn't what you asked for, but here's some 
> information about how to get network access so you can eventually get it."

> 2xx so that browsers will display it. AFAICT, they do; or at least, Safari and Firefox do (see 
> <http://www.mnot.net/test/222.asis>). IE? 4xx might be more appropriate, but I despair of 
> "friendly" error messages. (thought they could be padded, I suppose).

> A new status code so that feed aggregators, automated clients, etc. can differentiate what they 
> asked for from your hotel / conference centre / etc. asking for cash in order to get network 
> access, and not get horribly messed up as a result.

> It would also be useful in those cases where you get redirected somewhere to login and get a 
> cookie for authentication; e.g., Yahoo!, Google, Amazon, etc. Same situation, but slightly 
> different use case.

> Thoughts?

> --
> Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
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