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Re: Reclassification of Allow as a response header [i105]

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 11:57:46 +1100
Cc: "'HTTP Working Group'" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <F3178DBD-BB69-4105-B76B-01D3561D9076@mnot.net>
To: Brian Smith <brian@briansmith.org>

Now <http://www3.tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/ticket/105>.

I can see (c), but I'm not sure I understand (a), or agree with (b),  
because I'm not sure it's a good idea to specify that Allow applies to  
individual representations...


On 27/02/2008, at 12:04 PM, Brian Smith wrote:

> 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

Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
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