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Re: Issue 166: clarify term "User Agent" and resolve inconsistencies with W3C specs

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 22:21:31 -0500
Cc: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>, "julian.reschke@gmx.de" <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <526536F9-8411-409A-8F83-622C19B5A337@mnot.net>
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
On 15/12/2011, at 7:58 PM, Larry Masinter wrote:

> ..., it would be helpful if you could identify *specific* parts of the documents where it's important to distinguish between at-the-keyboard-now and at-the-keyboard-sometime.
> As I said, I think the problem is less with the HTTP documents than it is with other specification writers who are not careful to distinguish client-with-user and autonomous clients.  But...
> http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-httpbis-p7-auth-17
>   o  Clients which have been idle for an extended period following
>      which the server might wish to cause the client to reprompt the
>      user for credentials.
> "if they have one"?  The server causes the client to???
>  If the 401 response contains the same challenge as the
>   prior response, and the user agent has already attempted
>   authentication at least once, then the user SHOULD be presented the
>   representation that was given in the response, since that
>   representation might include relevant diagnostic information.
> Getting terminology wrong leads to thinks.

Thanks Larry, I think that's a bug.

Mark Nottingham
Received on Saturday, 24 December 2011 03:22:08 UTC

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