HTTP 1.1 issue 17: 14.36 Referer

In section 14.36 "Referer", the statement

   "If the field value is a partial URI, it SHOULD be interpreted
   relative to the Request-URI."

sounds more like a MUST than a SHOULD. An interoperability problem will
result if two implementations interpret the referring URI differently.
If the SHOULD is due to compatibility with earlier usage, that should be
noted someplace.

Ross Patterson
VM Software Division
Sterling Software, Inc.

Received on Tuesday, 20 October 1998 23:43:17 UTC