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Re: I-D Action:draft-snell-http-prefer-03.txt

From: Poul-Henning Kamp <phk@phk.freebsd.dk>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 10:12:34 +0000
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>
cc: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, httpbis mailing list <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <30670.1301393554@critter.freebsd.dk>
In message <BB32FA8E-855D-4155-9715-D7597C5A8438@gbiv.com>, "Roy T. Fielding" w

>The goal seems to be to ask for the server's result of a PUT or POST
>to be returned as part of the same action instead of requiring the
>client to make an additional GET request.

And standardizing a header to kindly request but not demand this,
would help how ?

Is the hope that all browsers will send this by default ?

Or is this intended only for obscure corner cases, were an private
X-FOO header or URI variable would be a better and more narrowly
tailored solution anyway ?

I'm sorry if this sounds cranky, but I don't believe that "as many
options as possible" is the right mental frame for writing standards,
Occams razor is much better:  If this is already possible through
existing means, why do we need it as a separate standard ?


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