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

From: Brian Smith <brian@briansmith.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 17:36:44 -0800
To: "'Mark Nottingham'" <mnot@mnot.net>, "'HTTP Working Group'" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001501c879aa$63087900$6401a8c0@T60>

Mark Nottingham wrote:

> I'm not sure it's a good idea to specify 
> that Allow applies to individual representations...

This is exactly what I meant. Allow doesn't apply to individual
representations, it applies to the resource. Entity headers should
always be specific to the entity.

- Brian

> 
> 
> 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/
> 
> 
Received on Thursday, 28 February 2008 01:36:55 GMT

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