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Re: #314: realm parameter syntax

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 16:56:11 +0100
Message-ID: <4ECFBA9B.1090102@gmx.de>
To: Yutaka OIWA <y.oiwa@aist.go.jp>
CC: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
On 2011-11-20 19:29, Julian Reschke wrote:
> On 2011-11-20 19:15, Yutaka OIWA wrote:
>> Dear Julian,
>>
>> I support the final conclusion, but am only against the reasoning text.
>> The fact that people did a "loose" thing does not mean
>> that the followers should do as well.
>> We have a direct reason to do so instead, doesn't we?
>>
>> If there are any major "senders" which have been sent token realms
>> for a long time, it is much important than the current reason.
>
> That's true; but I don't know whether this is the case. Do you?

I think we don't know right now; if we find out in time, we can re-open 
the ticket.

>> In this case, I propose the following:
>>
>>> Recipients are RECOMMENDED to accept both token and quoted-
>>> string syntax as both have been sent by several HTTP servers
>>> (and successfully accepted by common user-agents) for many years.
>>
>> # In this case, there should be an RFC2119 "RECOMMENDED", I think.
>
> RECOMMENDED==SHOULD. If we did this, I think it clearly would need to be
> MUST, because I can't think of any "valid reasons" not to.
>
>> If not, my proposal is a much simpler clause as:
>>
>>> Recipients might have to support both token and quoted-
>>> string syntax for maximum input tolerability (both have been
>>> accepted by common user-agents for many years).
>>
>> # or, s/might have to support/might be better supporting/
>>
>> Yes, input tolerability is a good thing (at least on this case).
>
> Or, maybe:
>
> "Recipients might have to support both token and quoted-string syntax
> for maximum interoperability with existing clients that have been
> accepting both notations for a long time."
>
> ?
> ...

As nobody else offered feedback, I went ahead and made this change; see 
<http://trac.tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/changeset/1478>.

Best regards, Julian
Received on Friday, 25 November 2011 15:56:45 GMT

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