HTTP HEAD request

Jim Hurley (hurleyj@arachnaut.org)
Thu, 6 Apr 1995 09:22:05 -0700


From: Jim Hurley <hurleyj@arachnaut.org>
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 09:22:05 -0700
Message-Id: <199504061622.AA17625@foxtrot.rahul.net>
To: www-html@www10.w3.org
Subject: HTTP HEAD request


I imagined the HTTP HEAD request would return the <HEAD> </HEAD>
section of an HTML doc. However reading the spec reveals it doesn't
and a simple trial also reveals the truth:
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%telnet www-dev 80
Trying 139.122.200.88 ...
Connected to heron.
Escape character is '^]'.
HEAD / /HTTP/1.0


HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Date: Thursday, 06-Apr-95 16:16:11 GMT
Server: NCSA/1.3
MIME-version: 1.0
Content-type: text/html
Last-modified: Wednesday, 05-Apr-95 19:25:36 GMT
Content-length: 2882

Connection closed by foreign host.

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So my question is - is there any way for a robot, etc. to just get 
the HEAD section (or TITLE)?

If not, it would seem like a Good Thing to add such a request to the
HTTP spec.

This probably isn't the correct mailing list for this, but it's more
relevant that a lot of what comes by these days.

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Jim Hurley           email: hurleyj@arachnaut.org
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