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Re: Comments (Part 2) on HTTP I-D Rev 05 (Adams #84, Accept-Charset)

From: Jim Gettys <jg@pa.dec.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 09:16:03 -0800
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Glenn Adams writes:

> 84. Section 14.2, pg. 93, 4th para., has "the server SHOULD send an
> error response with the 406 (not acceptable) status code, though the
> sending of an unacceptable response is also allowed." The effect of the
> final clause of this statement is to downgrade SHOULD to MAY.  Either
> remove the final clause or change to MAY. [My preference is to remove
> the final clause.]  Note that the semantics stated here are expressly
> different from Accept and Accept-Encoding which do require 406
> responses for unconditionally compliant implementations.  This
> inconsistency will make it difficult or impossible to implement
> agent-driven content negotiation based on Accept-Charset variants.

What is the correct fix here?  Opinions solicited.
				- Jim
Received on Monday, 16 November 1998 09:24:32 UTC

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