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Re: content negotiation anti-principle

From: Gavin Thomas Nicol <gtn@rbii.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2003 10:28:42 -0500
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On Sunday 05 January 2003 02:18 pm, Julian Reschke wrote:
> a) Use content negotiation, and supply whenever possible a content location
> header that gives you the URL of a language-specific resource (this is what
> Apache does)

This assumes that some partioning already exists (i.e. you have alternate 
URI's for versions of content that differ only by language, not by content).
What many people have done in practice is issue a redirect to the URI that 
would be returned in the Content-Location header.

I'm not sure that there is a good answer here... the minimalist answer is to 
remove content negotiation altogether (and I'll note that much of the 
original rationale for it no longer applies). 

That doesn't resolve the "what is a resource?" issue though.... the only way 
to solve that is to have some means to bind a URI to a given representation, 
and that flies in the face of current wisdom.
Received on Wednesday, 8 January 2003 10:30:18 GMT

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