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

From: Stefan Eissing <stefan.eissing@greenbytes.de>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 15:11:11 +0100
Message-Id: <75C63A6D-3FAC-4738-9487-72F535A903FE@greenbytes.de>
Cc: "ietf-http-wg@w3.org Group" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>

IE7 displays it as well.

Fortunately I stay less in hotels, but I can see the use case for the  
login forms. Non-browser clients would benefit from detecting the  
difference between what they wanted and what they got.


Stefan *death-to-ua-sniffing*

Am 15.03.2007 um 14:48 schrieb Mark Nottingham:

> 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/

Stefan Eissing

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