HTTP version number

Koen writes:
> draft-kristol-http-state-mgmt-00 is not orthogonal to the HTTP version
> number: see section 10.  Servers need the version number to know
> whether they should send an old Netscape format Set-Cookie header or a
> new HTTP/1.1 Set-Cookie header.

This won't work.  For example

     1.0 UA ---------> 1.1 Proxy ---------> 1.0 Origin Server

will result in a 1.1 cookie being sent to a 1.0 user agent.

The only features of HTTP that can depend on a minor version number
change are those that are interpreted by neighbors in the communication.
Other feature changes require changes to the content, such as a 
different header field name.

 ...Roy T. Fielding
    Department of Information & Computer Science    (
    University of California, Irvine, CA 92717-3425    fax:+1(714)824-4056

Received on Friday, 1 March 1996 16:01:43 UTC