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Re: NEW: value space of status codes [#213]

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 19:34:10 +0200
Message-ID: <4C2A2E92.9030008@gmx.de>
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
CC: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
On 29.06.2010 19:05, Mark Nottingham wrote:
> p1 defines HTTP status codes as "a 3-digit integer result code" with the following value space:
> The first digit of the Status-Code defines the class of response. The last two digits do not have any categorization role. There are 5 values for the first digit:
> 	 1xx: Informational - Request received, continuing process
> 	 2xx: Success - The action was successfully received, understood, and accepted
> 	 3xx: Redirection - Further action must be taken in order to complete the request
> 	 4xx: Client Error - The request contains bad syntax or cannot be fulfilled
> 	 5xx: Server Error - The server failed to fulfill an apparently valid request
> The BNF, however, allows other values;
> Status-Code = 3DIGIT

One might consider "3DIGIT" as a rule for parsers (thus, in P1), and the 
first digits as a semantical constraint (thus, P2).

> IANA has asked what the status of codes is outside of this range; e.g., is a 0xx status code reserved, unregistered, or just not allowed? Likewise for 6xx (used by some implementations for local status codes) and upwards.

Not allowed in HTTP/1.1.

> Also, should the value space be defined in p1 or p2?

In P2, IMHO. Maybe move part of P1, Section 5.1.1 into P2, Section 4?

Best regards, Julian
Received on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 17:34:49 UTC

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