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Re: GET/HEAD support "MUST"

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 10:30:21 +1100
Cc: "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wrowe@rowe-clan.net>, "HTTP Working Group" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <9EF58C42-6E5A-4C09-AB89-5E13D53CF3DD@mnot.net>
To: Robert Brewer <fumanchu@aminus.org>

One quick comment -

On 31/01/2009, at 5:33 AM, Robert Brewer wrote:
> I think I'd still prefer the more-specific "405" in most cases to  
> the catch-all "404". But I can see how 404 is a valid response, and  
> might be preferred for maximizing interop with clients, some of  
> which may not gracefully deal with 405.

There's a very fine (sometimes invisible) line between accommodating  
the realities of implementation (i.e., making things work), and  
dumbing down the protocol to the lowest common denominator.

Trying to anticipate where clients *may* not handle something  
correctly errs too far on the side of the latter, I think. Without  
hard and compelling evidence, I'd be inclined to go with your  


Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
Received on Friday, 30 January 2009 23:31:02 UTC

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