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Re: Review of new HTTPbis text for 303 See Other

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 11:04:00 -0500
Cc: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <AAE199F7-6F8B-45CE-9A9F-7A1601CB2181@ihmc.us>
To: Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>

On Jul 9, 2009, at 5:03 AM, Jonathan Rees wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 6:03 PM, Roy T. Fielding<fielding@gbiv.com>  
> wrote:
>> That's because you happen to be reading it differently than
>> what I was thinking when I wrote it.  The sentence is a bit
>> ambiguous if you don't pay attention to what the second "that"
>> means.  If it is reordered to say
>>  A 303 response to a GET request indicates that the server does
>>  not have a transferable representation of the requested resource
>>  and is instead redirecting the client to some other resource
>>  for further information.
>> then I think the objection is handled without watering down
>> the purpose of using the status code on a GET.
>> ....Roy
> Excellent! The rewording you give above would be fine with me - I
> would be satisfied if HTTPbis said this, or something equivalent.
> (because then the choice to yield a 303 can be attributed to the
> server, and would not necessarily reflect on the nature of the
> resource - "the server does not have" vs. "the resource does not
> have".)

Hmm, then I am puzzled. Does 303 redirection really imply that the  
server **does not have** a transferable representation? Surely 303  
redirection is used under other circumstances than this, circumstances  
which have nothing whatever to do with http-range-14 and were being  
used before the http-range-14 issue was even raised? No?


> Best
> Jonathan

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