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Re: Draft TAG finding available: Client handling of MIME headers

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Wed, 07 May 2003 15:19:29 -0700
Message-ID: <3EB98671.90207@textuality.com>
To: noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com
Cc: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, www-tag@w3.org

noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com wrote:

>   If I'm right, then the analysis is a bit trickier 
> than I've seen so far in this discussion.  I start by setting out my 
> admittedly imperfect understanding of the pertinent web architecture, then 
> suggest the answer to the question above.

Noah, I think your analysis is correct.  The server is certainly not 
constrained by Web Architecture to send back the same representation 
that got PUT, nor to use the same media-type, charset, etc.  However, 
when the server does whatever it does with the representation that got 
PUT, it is *not* OK to ignore the accompanying media-type and interpose 
its own guess.  In this case, what the server does is store the 
representation as a bag of bits and emit it later on demand (a simple 
and common case) and it illustrates perfectly the problems that arise 
when web agents ignore the authoritative status of the media-type. -Tim
Received on Wednesday, 7 May 2003 18:32:57 UTC

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