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Re: Feedback on the ping="" attribute (ISSUE-1)

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 13:17:25 -0500
Message-ID: <e9dffd640711071017i4735c201we0a3ab2d2c3fe793@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Boris Zbarsky" <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
Cc: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "Julian Reschke" <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, "HTML WG List" <public-html@w3.org>

On 11/7/07, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> wrote:
> Mark Baker wrote:
> > Since we're looking for common ground, as I mentioned before, I agree
> > that a pinged server will probably behave non-idempotently.
> OK.  Good.
> > But that's orthogonal to the meaning of the message it receives.
> How so?  The message is "A link was clicked".  This is fundamentally a
> non-idempotent message: multiple link clicks are not the same as a single link
> click.

It's my turn to ask "How so?".

As I see it, the message is "turn this URI into some data please",
which is safe and idempotent (by definition: all safe messages are

Mark Baker.  Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.         http://www.markbaker.ca
Coactus; Web-inspired integration strategies  http://www.coactus.com
Received on Wednesday, 7 November 2007 18:17:46 UTC

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