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Re: POST with empty body

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2010 11:00:06 +1000
Cc: <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <95ADE823-0188-4919-89EE-4DD9C6069DC6@mnot.net>
To: Darrel Miller <darrel@tavis.ca>
It's important to note that a message without a body can still carry a representation, because a representation is the combination of the body (which can be zero-length) *and* headers.



On 02/09/2010, at 10:31 AM, Darrel Miller wrote:

> In the description of POST here [1], it starts with:
> "The POST method is used to request that the origin server accept the
> representation enclosed in the request as data to be processed by the
> target resource."
> This seems to infer that it is expected that a POST include a body.  Is it
> required to have a body?  Is it unreasonable to expect a client to issue 
> POST http://example.org/tokens
> ...and expect a token to be created, despite the fact that no representation
> is passed to the origin server?
> Taking this a step further, is the use of query string parameters instead of
> a post body considered a valid request.  Could a client make the following
> request?
> POST http://mapservice.org/Waypoints?latitude=51&longiitude=114
> I realize this is not a common usage, but my question is whether this is
> prohibited by the HTTP specification, whether it is discouraged due to
> negative impacts, or whether it a reasonable usage that is just not clear
> from the description of POST.
> Thanks for your time,
> Darrel Miller
> [1] http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-httpbis-p2-semantics-11#page-17

Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
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