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Re: 200 OK with Content-Location might work

From: Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2010 09:01:33 +0000
Message-ID: <4CD7BC6D.9090908@w3.org>
To: Tore Eriksson <tore.eriksson@po.rd.taisho.co.jp>
CC: public-lod@w3.org
Hi Tore,

I think your point is in line with one of Ian's motives. At the end of 
the day, it's pretty obvious that a Toucan ain't going to fly down the 
wire and pop out of your screen so the distinction between IR and NIR is 
one that only those at the nerd end of the geek-nerd continuum are ever 
going to care about. Also, it seems that Content-Location, *if* 
implemented properly, does maintain the distinction. Halving the number 
of HTTP requests to get the data you probably want is no bad thing.

As others have said, most folk don't see and couldn't care less about 
the HTTP headers. It's that aspect that makes me wary of, but not 
actually opposed to, 200 with C-L - it's easier to get away with 
mistakes if most people don't see them. 303 is more open as it affects 
the address bar in the browser (assuming it's visible). But, as the 
scammers and spammers know very well, most people don't look at that either.

This thread has probably run long enough. I unsubscribed from the TAG 
mailing list mainly because I couldn't stand any more debate about IRs 
vs NIRs. So, I'm going to shut up and go with the flow (and I have to 
sort out wdrs:describedby this morning too!)

Cheers

Phil.

On 08/11/2010 03:21, Tore Eriksson wrote:
> Hi Phil!
>
> Phil Archer wrote:
>> I know I sound like a fundamentalist in a discussion where we're trying
>> to find a practical, workable solution, but is a description of a toucan
>> a representation of a toucan? IMO, it's not. Sure, one can imagine an
>> HTTP response returning a very rich data stream that conveys the entire
>> experience of having a toucan on your desk - but the toucan ain't
>> actually there.
>
> Since this distinction is, and has been for many years, debatable, why
> not be pragmatic and leave this choice to the users themselves? If
> someone thinks that a web page consisting of a picture and a textual
> description is an adequate represenation of a Toucan, let them return
> one over HTTP (as long as they are aware that the web page itself is a
> different resource yada yada...). People expecting the Toucan to fly
> down the wire and appear at their desk might me disappointed but most
> users will probably be happy with the low-fidelity version.
>
> Tore Eriksson
>
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Phil Archer
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