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

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 10:47:35 -0400
Message-ID: <e9dffd640703150747y21e5dab3y3d0ada26b63743d@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Mark Nottingham" <mnot@mnot.net>
Cc: "ietf-http-wg@w3.org Group" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>

Sounds more like a 3xx, perhaps even 303?

The hard part is getting these proxies to support it, of course.

Mark.

On 3/15/07, Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net> wrote:
>
> 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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