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Re: Accept-Charset support

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 05:25:08 PST
To: mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch
CC: Alan_Barrett/DUB/Lotus.LOTUSINT@crd.lotus.com, www-international@w3.org, bobj@netscape.com, wjs@netscape.com, Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr, erik@netscape.com, Ed_Batutis/CAM/Lotus@crd.lotus.com
Message-Id: <96Dec5.052508pst."2695"@golden.parc.xerox.com>
# Does the 406 response include some information on what "charset"s would
# indeed be acceptable? If not, some of the considerations that I made
# in other mails to this list seem to suggest that "sending an unacceptable
# response" may be rather better than not sending anything.

Unautomated reply from your "HTTP/1.1 specification reading service":

# 10.4.7 406 Not Acceptable

# The resource identified by the request is only capable of generating
# response entities which have content characteristics not acceptable
# according to the accept headers sent in the request.

# Unless it was a HEAD request, the response SHOULD include an entity
# containing a list of available entity characteristics and location(s)
# from which the user or user agent can choose the one most appropriate.
# The entity format is specified by the media type given in the Content-
# Type header field. Depending upon the format and the capabilities of the
# user agent, selection of the most appropriate choice may be performed
# automatically. However, this specification does not define any standard
# for such automatic selection.

#  Note: HTTP/1.1 servers are allowed to return responses which are
#  not acceptable according to the accept headers sent in the request.
#  In some cases, this may even be preferable to sending a 406
#  response. User agents are encouraged to inspect the headers of an
#  incoming response to determine if it is acceptable. If the response
#  could be unacceptable, a user agent SHOULD temporarily stop receipt
#  of more data and query the user for a decision on further actions.

And, with regard to getting your very own copy of the HTTP/1.1
specification, please check for


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