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Redirect fallback requirements (was: Re: informal Last Call on draft-reschke-http-status-308-02)

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 16:50:20 +0100
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <dv83h79kvnsahi4asf0t49d7phbgcd734q@hive.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>
* Julian Reschke wrote:
>> The fallback requirement
>>
>>    Unless the request method was HEAD, the representation of the response
>>    SHOULD contain a short hypertext note with a hyperlink to the new
>>    URI(s), since most user agents do not understand the 308 status code
>>    yet. Therefore, the note SHOULD contain the information necessary for
>>    a user to repeat the original request on the new URI.
>>
>> strikes me as a bad idea. It's a transient problem so it should be con-
>> ditioned and how widely supported this is, and it's only useful if you
>> have some HTML implementation on the other end or an interactive user; a
>> web service not meant for interactive use where you can be sure that the
>> code is supported, because, say, you control the client, is unaffected,
>> and if you add that as another exception you basically end up saying you
>> can do this so your site works better with legacy clients in some situ-
>> ations and making your site work good is probably a good idea, so I'd
>> prefer just saying that. I don't really want to ponder whether I should
>> send this hypertext response in response to an OPTIONS request in 2015,
>> just because your specification says I should.
>
>Again, this is consistent with RFC 2616 and HTTPbis (for now).
>
>We may want to tune the text in HTTPbis (please follow up over there), 
>in which case I'll apply the same changes to the spec for 308.

Here we are.
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