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Re: Link header is representation metadata?

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 12:12:48 -0800
Cc: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <39501D0F-6F89-4960-8CF2-87A13BB58AD2@gbiv.com>
To: nathan@webr3.org
On Feb 1, 2011, at 11:50 AM, Nathan wrote:
> Julian Reschke wrote:
>> On 12.10.2010 01:02, Nathan wrote:
>>> I'm looking for a quick bit of guidance on whether the Link header would
>>> class as representation metadata 
>> The Link header spec says "entity header", which is the terminology we used in HTTPbis until draft 10; so I think it's supposed to fall into the same class as "Content-Language", for example.
> Sorry but I need to come back to this one, can I get a definitive answer (please :)) on whether the Link header is representation metadata (like Content-Type), or not?

It is sometimes metadata. Some of those times it is representation
metadata, like Content-Type, whereas in other times it can be
resource metadata, like Vary.

And occasionally it is just part of the representation, though that
tends to confuse people who think data == body and headers == meta.

What the link is for depends entirely on the rel value.

Received on Tuesday, 1 February 2011 20:13:17 UTC

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