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Firefox addin to replace 404 pages with archived pages from wayback machine

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:23:58 -0400
To: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <7b22d987-6674-57fb-1f7f-a0ecfbc64c56@arcanedomain.com>
See [1].

I thought this might be of some interest to the TAG. Seems to me that this 
is OK insofar as the addin is a modification to a user agent, and is 
presumably activated only with the user's consent.

Nonethess, this seems to embody a slightly skewed view of Web protocols: if 
I as a URI authority serve a new or updated page, your browser will do what 
I intend and show the user that new content. If I delete a page, the 
browser will not honor that deletion, but will show content anyway. This 
seems to me just a bit of a slippery slope. A 404 is just as meaningful in 
Web protocols (no such page) as a 200 IMO.

I'm not proposing that the TAG do anything about this or devote significant 
time to it right now, just pointing it out in case it's of interest.

Thank you.

Noah


[1] 
http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/firefox-will-try-to-show-you-saved-archive-of-a-page-instead-of-404-error-869482
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