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Re: URI handling for Location

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 08 Apr 2009 13:58:58 +0200
Message-ID: <49DC9182.3030308@gmx.de>
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
CC: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> On Wed, 08 Apr 2009 13:52:51 +0200, Julian Reschke 
> <julian.reschke@gmx.de> wrote:
>> Mark Nottingham wrote:
>>> ...
>>> Regarding relative URIs -- changing their syntax to allow relative 
>>> URIs would be a breaking change for existing implementations, so at 
>>> first blush it's out of scope for HTTPbis (and indeed anything but 
>>> HTTP/2.0).
>>  > ...
>>
>> Indeed.
> 
> Deferring the issue to HTTP/2.0 does not solve the problem because 
> implementations have to implement this for HTTP/1.1 (and likely earlier, 
> haven't checked).

No, implementations do not have to, according to the spec.

I believe you that browsers currently do, but I'm pretty certain that 
there's lots of code out there that doesn't accept relative URIs (or 
malformed URIs), which would become non-compliant by this change.

So, again, this would be an incompatible change.

BR, Julian
Received on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 11:59:44 GMT

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