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Re: Re: "URIs, Addressability, and the use of HTTP GET"

From: Anthony B. Coates <abcwww@xmljava.fsnet.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 8:16:21 +0000
To: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <20020710081621.PMWN15606.fep08-svc.ttyl.com@localhost>

> From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>

> I'm surprised - I've been doing web stuff since '93, in many different 
> kinds of scenarios, and have never seen any system failure traceable to 
> the URI being too long.

Between '96 and '98, when I was doing Web development, we had problems because IE only allowed <2K for a URL (we gave up testing Netscape at 16M - it was enough).  You might argue that with something of this size, we should have been using a POST, but the truth is that many applications then (and I guess now too) only provided support for GET, not POST, so the only recourse was long URLs.


Anthony B. Coates
Financial XML Specialist

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