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Re: i93: Repeating Single-value headers

From: Robert Siemer <Robert.Siemer-httpwg@backsla.sh>
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 14:33:28 +0100
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Cc: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20071223133328.GU2080@polar.elf12.net>

On Sun, Dec 23, 2007 at 10:53:22PM +1100, Mark Nottingham wrote:
> 
> <http://tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/93>
> 
> Discussion in Vancouver centred around whether advice about error  
> handling in HTTP should be added; Roy Fielding offered to come up with  
> exact text for this, but the sense of the room was that we should  
> document why HTTP doesn't have a single approach to error handling  
> (such as when multiple values are present for a single-valued header),  
> because (as I remember the discussion):
> 
>   1. There is no one "right" answer; different kinds of clients -- or  
> the same client in different situations -- may need to act differently  
> upon an error, for most kinds of errors (there may be exceptions), and
> 
>   2. Specifying behaviour for handling every conceivable error isn't  
> possible, attempting to do so will seriously bloat the specification,  
> and will not significantly improve interoperability.


I like that. - I think the most important task of the spec is to make 
clear the spirit that HTTP has, why things are the way they are. With 
that information a considerate implementor can make it's own deliberate 
choice.


Robert
Received on Sunday, 23 December 2007 13:33:16 GMT

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