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[XHR][XHR2] HTTP redirects / XHR Version detection

From: David Bruant <dbruant@ucsd.edu>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 14:05:50 -0800
Message-ID: <4B5B72BE.7000304@ucsd.edu>
To: public-webapps@w3.org
Hi,

My comments and questions are based on the editor's drafts 
(http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/XMLHttpRequest/ and 
http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/XMLHttpRequest-2).

Between the two versions of the same-origin request event rules 
(#same-origin-request-event-rules), for the "If the response is an HTTP 
redirect" rule, the word "transparently" has disappeared. I understood 
the word "transparently" as "don't consider any other step of the 
algorithm" (like switching to the HEADERS_RECEIVED state, because if a 
redirect has been detected, it means that the headers has been received 
at least the location header).
The absence of this word in XHR2 suggests that the state should be 
switched to HEADERS_RECEIVED even if it is a redirect.

So, more generally, my question is : for HTTP redirects, should the 
implementations of XHR and XHR2 switch the state to HEADERS_RECIEVED ? I 
don't know how it is currently implemented by the current browsers, but 
I would be in favor of switching the state (and thus dispatch an event) 
so that authors could write tools allowing them to have an idea of the 
number of redirects generated by some URL and then do an analysis of 
their websites (for instance all the links within a HTML page) "from the 
client side".

My next question should find its answer thanks to the previous one, but 
juste to be sure : Is it possible that the state be to DONE and the 
status be a redirect (300 <= status < 400) ?

If the behavior has changed between XHR and XHR2, how authors can know 
what version is implemented by user agents ? In other words, is there a 
way defined by the spec to make the difference between a XHR "conforming 
user agent" and a XHR2 "conforming user agent" since the interface has 
the same name (XMLHttpRequest) ?

Thanks,

David
Received on Monday, 25 January 2010 02:31:52 GMT

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