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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 14:26:45 -0500
Cc: Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <19556B45-A3FA-4782-865D-45BB3EAE703A@ihmc.us>
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>

On Jul 9, 2009, at 12:01 PM, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

> On Jul 9, 2009, at 9:04 AM, Pat Hayes wrote:
>> 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?
>
> No, at least not for GET requests.  303 (See Other) was originally
> defined as "redirect with a different method" and not fully specified.
> When HTTP was standardized, 303 became "see other" for the specific
> purpose of redirecting a non-GET request to a GET of another resource.
> Defining a specific purpose for 303 in response to a GET is what we
> are doing right now.  There was no pre-existing usage of 303 in  
> response
> to a GET prior to the HTTPrange issue being decided.

OK, thanks for the explanation. I had not realized that previous uses  
of 303 were restricted to non-GET requests. I guess this narrows the  
'meaning' of a 303 response even more tightly than I thought.

Pat

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