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Re: add GETAJAX verb/method in http protocol

From: Amos Jeffries <squid3@treenet.co.nz>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 22:51:31 +1200
Message-ID: <4FBE12B3.8060000@treenet.co.nz>
To: ietf-http-wg@w3.org

> On 22/05/2012 14:47, Christian RIGONI wrote:
>> Hello everybody,
>> I could not find this possibility in the mailing lists, so I would 
>> like to bring up this topic.
>> By working on html page developpement, I remarked that very often 
>> (but not always of course), ajax request correspond to information 
>> that are relative to an html page.
>> For example, lets define the page http://www.site.com/page.html on a 
>> server.
>> The first http verb used for this page is obviously GET.
>> Then the page is displayed by the navigator on the client.
>> Now, suppose the user modify an element of the page. It can be useful 
>> to send a http GETAJAX request to http://www.site.com/page.html in 
>> order to get the information corresponding to the new element 
>> modified by the user.
>> Actually the problem is adressed by sending a http GET to another 
>> page, for example www.site.com/page_ajax.html. But may be it can be 
>> useful to send a http GETAJAX to the page http://www.site.com/page.html.
>> Another thing which can be usefull, the same page 
>> http://www.site.com/page.html may have several http ajax request to 
>> process. So an ajax_id can be added to the http GETAJAX to 
>> differentiate the ajax requests.
>> I hope this request will be helpfull for you and other people.
>> Sincerely.
>> _Christian RIGONI_
On 23/05/2012 6:54 a.m., J Ross Nicoll wrote:
> Christian,
> I'm not sure this necessarily makes sense as a separate method; you're 
> still taking the same action (getting a resource), it's just the 
> presentation that differs. I tend to use query parameters to indicate 
> which parts of a resource I want (and an Accept header to indicate I'm 
> wanting the response as JSON/XML), is that a reason that doesn't suit?

The other reason is that GETAJAX would be an unknown method from the 
point of view of all existing cache infrastructure. Sending such a 
method for a URL of an already cached page template will invalidate the 
URL and wipe out any cache benefits you gain from making it static page 
with AJAX.

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