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Re: Advanced Status Reporting and XML vs HTML

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@ebuilt.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 18:17:47 -0800
To: John Stracke <francis@ecal.com>
Cc: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Message-ID: <20001220181747.A10289@mana.ebuilt.com>
On Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 08:58:52AM -0500, John Stracke wrote:
> "Roy T. Fielding" wrote:
> 
> > Accept headers are a bad idea.  They have always been a bad idea.
> > A better solution is to provide the client with the primary content
> > choice and a means of obtaining the new content.
> 
> But, in this case, the content is an error message; this approach would
> require
> that the error message be stored on the server for a time, available at (say)
> some other URL.  That's kind of an unpleasant requirement--especially if the
> error that's being reported is "disk full".

That is why my message had more text than what you quoted above.

I currently do not believe that any error extension mechanism is
necessary, but even if it were to be necessary there are many ways
to include it that would only cost the application a couple bytes
on the response that would be ignored by anything not prepared
to handle it.  Therefore, generating a new standard for XML content
that describes an extension mechanism for status codes is not only
the equivalent of using a bazooka for domestic rodent control, it
also needlessly ties HTTP to XML responses.

....Roy
Received on Wednesday, 20 December 2000 21:13:41 GMT

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