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Re: Resources always exist

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@apache.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 11:16:55 +0200
Cc: uri <uri@w3.org>
To: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
Message-Id: <8C03E059-C6F9-11D6-BB1B-000393753936@apache.org>

> But the HTTP spec says:
> > The DELETE method requests that the origin server delete the resource
> > identified by the Request-URI.
> What does "delete the resource" mean if resources always exist? Should 
> DELETE be understood to clear the mapping from resources to 
> representations?

Yes, but as far as the interface is concerned they mean the same thing.
What is the difference between a resource that is DELETEd and later PUT,
versus one that has no mapped representations between those two events?

There are a lot of things not mentioned in the HTTP specification, for
one reason or another unrelated to technology.

Received on Friday, 13 September 2002 05:30:00 UTC

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