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Re: Browser Interpretation of Location: Header

From: Jeff Rawlings <rawlings@navisoft.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 95 14:17:07 PDT
Message-Id: <ac6b750a12021004cfa8@[]>
To: jkillian@access.digex.net (Jim Killian), www-talk@w3.org
>I've reviewed the HTTP spec, but it was not clear what is the correct
>behavior here.  Should the browser interpret any redirection as a GET (as
>Netscape and Mosaic do), OR, maintain the same operation (in this case,
>POST) ?  In fact, am I (technically) abusing the ability to override the
>Location header by using this methodology.  Should I be returning a status
>code or something?

We ran into the same problem with a trial registration form on our site. I
certainly think the HTTP spec should clear up this issue. On thinking about
it, I think the proper behavior might actually be to repost the data to the
new location - that can be useful if you have to move a search engine...

In any case, we ended up including the content in the server's response to
the post, rather than using a redirect to the page. (The NaviServer now
includes the ability to specify a page in its pageroot for each database
table, which it will return in response to POSTed form input.)

Jeff Rawlings                                        Webmaster
rawlings@navisoft.com                                 NaviSoft
http://www.navisoft.com/             an America Online Company
NaviServer and NaviPress: the integrated Web Publishing System
Received on Thursday, 31 August 1995 17:17:41 UTC

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