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RE: GET, conneg, and a media type parameter

From: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <henrikn@microsoft.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2002 22:51:07 -0700
Message-ID: <79107D208BA38C45A4E45F62673A434D05A547BD@red-msg-07.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Paul Prescod" <paul@prescod.net>
Cc: "Mark Baker" <distobj@acm.org>, <xml-dist-app@w3.org>


The accept header field and the use of content negotiation is optional
in HTTP. A client is free to use it but we can't require it.

Henrik

>I don't understand. Can you please describe the point of 
>departure from HTTP semantics? HTTP says you should use an 
>accept header to say what kind of representation you want 
>back. If you know you want a SOAP-envelope back, why not ask for it?
>
>Henrik Frystyk Nielsen wrote:
>> 
>> That would be wrong as it would require that SOAP changed HTTP 
>> semantics
>> - a point we have worked hard not to do.
>> 
>> Henrik
>> 
>> >Can the "accept" header be made a mandatory part of SOAP over HTTP 
>> >messages so that clients can rely upon it? In a sense, it could be 
>> >used as a simpler, more predictable form of the old 
>SOAPAction...and 
>> >of course for regular HTTP content negotation.
>
Received on Tuesday, 18 June 2002 01:51:39 GMT

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