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Re: section 1, intro, for review

From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 21:08:41 -0800
Message-ID: <3C981959.BF2C8A45@prescod.net>
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>
CC: www-tag@w3.org, noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com
"Roy T. Fielding" wrote:
> It wouldn't be less useful.  The point is that it would gain nothing
> from doing so.  It is a store and forward messaging system -- the application
> consists of delivering the message, that's all.

If you were tasked with inventing a protocol for fetching mail from a
remote server, would you choose to make it a specialization of HTTP or
not? I'm not asking whether there is sufficient cost/benefit to replace
POP, IMAP, etc. Probably there is not. I'm asking how you decide when to
invent a new application protocol or just use HTTP.

 Paul Prescod
Received on Wednesday, 20 March 2002 00:12:25 UTC

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