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Is the reason phrase in a response message optional?

From: Deschenes, David <DDeschenes@extol.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 13:42:48 -0400
Message-ID: <F66661073641D34F96B852DF57BA1051012C6C8B@exchange.extol.com>
To: "'www-talk@w3.org'" <www-talk@w3.org>
Cc: "Hudson, Bill" <bhudson@extol.com>

Is the reason phrase truly optional?  That is, can a response message status
line look like the following:

HTTP/1.1<SP>200<CR><LF>

Or, is the reason phrase required but allowed to be empty?  Meaning a
response message without a reason phrase must look like:

HTTP/1.1<SP>200<SP><CR><LF>

Any assistance that you can provide regarding an appropriate interpretation
will be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
David Deschenes
EXTOL International
Received on Monday, 9 August 2004 17:44:20 GMT

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