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Re: denotation of http://www.vrc.iastate.edu/magritte.gif

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 12:50:23 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
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/ Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net> was heard to say:
| How would you query a webserver for a list of available representations
| of the abstract entity? What if you need to reference a specific
| representation?

Having just hacked a bit of this into a web server of my own, (one of)
the answer(s) to the latter question is content negotiation.

If you ask for //server/foo and tell the server you'll accept a number
of things, and there are several representations of foo available,
you'll get one of them.

If you ask for //server/foo and tell it you'll only accept an
application/xml+foo representation, you'll get either that
representation or an error.

There might also be a unique URI that always gets the
application/xml+foo representation.

I don't know how to query for the available representations though...

                                        Be seeing you,
                                          norm

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