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Re: Historical - Re: Proposed IETF/W3C task force: "Resource meaning" Review of new HTTPbis text for 303 See Other

From: Ian Davis <lists@iandavis.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 00:58:26 +0100
Message-ID: <ec8613a80908051658n5a7a959ft8372e22ffffdffb2@mail.gmail.com>
To: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Cc: Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, W3C TAG <www-tag@w3.org>
On Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 5:57 AM, Alan Ruttenberg<alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
> If a HTTP URI can denote a person, then what is
> the verb DELETE supposed to do?

It doesn't do anything. You can't DELETE a person using HTTP just like
you can't GET a person using HTTP (or a representation of them). Same
goes for PUT and POST.

I find it easier to understand resources and information resources
using the semantics of PUT than I do with the semantics of GET: can
one alter the state of the resource using HTTP? The answer is true for
information resources and always false for non-information resources.

Ian
Received on Wednesday, 5 August 2009 23:59:04 GMT

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