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Re: #184: HTTP/0.9

From: Dan Winship <dan.winship@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 14:20:55 -0400
Message-ID: <4A81B687.6030706@gmail.com>
To: "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wrowe@rowe-clan.net>
CC: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
On 08/11/2009 12:29 PM, William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:
> The assumption that HTTP/0.9 should be understood shouldn't be removed
> until HTTP/1.2, I'd expect?  Surely there are many slim clients that
> rely on trivial http: requests, even today.

HTTP/0.9 is not useful for programmatic stuff, because you don't get
back a status code, so you can't easily know whether the thing you got
back is the thing you were looking for, or an error message.

Trivial clients use HTTP/1.0 (plus the Host header), which is reasonably
simple to implement if you're only doing something trivial. (HTTP/1.1 is
complicated even for trivial requests, because there's no way to prevent
the server from using chunked encoding in the response, or sending an
unsolicited "100 Continue", etc.)

-- Dan
Received on Tuesday, 11 August 2009 18:21:36 UTC

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