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Reclassification of Allow as a response header

From: Brian Smith <brian@briansmith.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2008 17:04:01 -0800
To: "'HTTP Working Group'" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000c01c878dc$a3e87d40$6401a8c0@T60>

Currently, "Allow" is defined as an entity-header, not a respones-header. Its definition says "The Allow entity-header field lists the set of methods supported by the resource identified by the Request-URI." That means that (a) "Allow" never applies to the response entity, and (b) "Allow" applies to all variants at the Request-URI (not to any specific representation), (c) it doesn't make sense in a request header. Note the last sentence of the definition of response header in part 2, section 6: "These header fields give information about the server and about further access to the resource identified by the Request-URI."

PROPOSAL: Make "Allow" a response-header. remove the reference from Part 3, Section 4.1 and add it to the BNF for response-header in Part 2, Section 6.

- Brian
Received on Wednesday, 27 February 2008 01:04:12 UTC

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