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Re: [i47] inconsistency in date format explanation

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 18:41:31 -0800
Message-Id: <54AF1E00-4F39-4DDF-90CC-2EBFB330F279@gbiv.com>
Cc: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>

On Nov 3, 2007, at 3:25 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:
> Roy T. Fielding wrote:
>> The proposed resolution to this issue (in draft 03) is incorrect
>> because RFC1036 doesn't define the date format in question.
>> This was an error introduced in the 2616 editing cycle.  It should
>> be fixed by removing reference to 1036, as described below:
>> ...
>
> Good catch, thanks. Updated <http://www.w3.org/Protocols/HTTP/1.1/ 
> rfc2616bis/draft-lafon-rfc2616bis-latest.html#rfc.issue.i47- 
> inconsistency-in-date-format-explanation> accordingly.
>
> Now this is a good example that external references are more useful  
> when they point to a specific section; in this case this would have  
> made easier to detect the problem.
>
> By that reasoning, shouldn't we possibly say:
>
>   Sunday, 06-Nov-94 08:49:37 GMT ; obsolete format defined in  
> [RFC850], Section 2.1.4
>
> instead of
>
>   Sunday, 06-Nov-94 08:49:37 GMT ; obsolete RFC 850 format

That's how we arrived at the current bug -- the RFC editor saw the
reference to RFC 850 and determined that we cannot refer to an
obsoleted RFC, thus requiring the reference update to 1036.  If we
just include the number in the comment (without a Reference) then
we should be fine.

....Roy
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