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Re: 204 No Content for a resource which is known but has no ?representation yet?

From: Reto Bachmann-Gmür <reto@gmuer.ch>
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 01:52:20 +0100
Message-ID: <d7567f0f1003131652m79002408n13997ec68fed7876@mail.gmail.com>
To: nathan@webr3.org
Cc: ietf-http-wg@w3.org, www-tag@w3.org
Hi Nathan

Returning 204 would be against the resultion of HttpRange-14 as a 2XX
response implies the identified resource is an information resource
and you are not.

So either return a 404, or return a 303 response pointing to a URI
that currently (as no representation is available) yields to a 404.


On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 1:38 AM, Nathan <nathan@webr3.org> wrote:
> Hi All,
> Can I use a 204 No Content to indicate that a resource is known but
> currently does not have a representation (or another resource which
> describes it)?
> example:
> I have a resource which is a conceptual map to "me"; I have assigned a
> URI to that resource, am in the process of creating a document which
> describes me, and when I am done I will 303 See Other to the document
> from the resource which is a conceptual map to "me".
> In the interim what status code can I use to say that the resource is
> known, does not have a representation of its own that can be transferred
> by the server over HTTP, another resource is not know that is
> descriptive of said resource & the resource identifier is not to be used
> for anything else.
> I've fully checked through all status codes, including the 4xx's but
> can't find any to use, and 204 No Content seems to fit the best as far
> as I can tell.
> Many Thanks,
> Nathan
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