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Semantics of Accept header with no value

From: Daniel Armak <danarmak@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 16:31:03 +0200
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=3WDaDtqTy510-V98nMXYsZ0JYgzMayaQ5ksqb@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-talk@w3.org
Hello,

I'm writing HTTP proxy software and there's a detail of RFC 2616 that I
don't understand. Many headers (e.g. Accept-Encoding, Accept-Charset) have
grammar of the form 1#(...). However, there are two headers - Accept and TE
- that have grammar of the form #(...).

This difference seems to mean that an Accept header with no value is
explicitly allowed and, therefore, that it has different semantics from a
request with no Accept header at all. What are these semantics? As far as I
can make out, a request with Accept: present but with no value should just
result in a 406 Not Acceptable response. (Of course, some servers ignore the
request Accept header entirely.)

Thanks in advance,

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Daniel Armak
Received on Friday, 5 November 2010 13:04:55 GMT

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