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RE: Proposal: i105 Classification for Allow header

From: Brian Smith <brian@briansmith.org>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 04:55:46 -0700
To: "'HTTP Working Group'" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002401c8836e$d9740640$4001a8c0@T60>

Robert Siemer wrote:
> I haven't seen a response to my comment: why is it important 
> or valid under the current charter to remove the possibility 
> to use "Allow" in a request?

The change does not forbid the use of "Allow" in a request. It just
makes its semantics undefined for requests. That makes sense, because in
practice people are not following the RFC 2616 semantics for that case.

This is also a good idea, because it provides an opportunity for another
RFC to define an "Allow" mechanism that actually makes sense. There is
no way to make "Allow" (in a request or a response) generally useful
without a corresponding "Disallow" header, and such an addition is out
of scope according to the charter.

- Brian
Received on Tuesday, 11 March 2008 11:55:56 UTC

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