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Re: HTTP Endpoints and Resources

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 00:44:26 +0200
Message-Id: <6FDB266C-45ED-4C40-AE6E-FB17970D3F0E@cyganiak.de>
Cc: "Booth, David (HP Software - Boston)" <dbooth@hp.com>, "Ed Davies" <edavies@nildram.co.uk>, "Technical Architecture Group WG" <www-tag@w3.org>
To: noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com

Noah, David,

On 28 Sep 2007, at 23:17, noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com wrote:
> David Booth writes:
>
>> I think it is true for a 303, because by redirecing you
>> somewhere else, the 303 is acknowledging that there is a
>> resource associated with the URI.
>
> Are you sure?  I think it's very important that we keep this  
> discussion
> grounded in the pertinent RFCs and specifications.  In this case,  
> RFC 2616
> says of status code 303:

FWIW, the proposed new 303 definition in the HTTP issue tracker [1]  
provides some backup for David's position.

Best,
Richard

[1] http://www.w3.org/Protocols/HTTP/1.1/rfc2616bis/issues/#i70


>
> "10.3.4 303 See Other
>
> The response to the request can be found under a different URI and  
> SHOULD
> be retrieved using a GET method on that resource. This method exists
> primarily to allow the output of a POST-activated script to  
> redirect the
> user agent to a selected resource. The new URI is not a substitute
> reference for the originally requested resource."
>
> That seems to me at best very ambiguous as to what a 303 warrants
> regarding the URI originally referenced.  So, you did a get to URI1  
> and
> got a 303.  The spec says "the response to that request is at"  
> URI2.  Does
> that clearly say that URI1 has been "assigned" (if you like that  
> term) and
> that it thus identifies a resource?
>
> I find the wording to be somewhat informal, and thus subject to  
> differing
> interpretations, but to me 303 is pretty broad in suggesting "you  
> might
> find joy over there".  That's about it by my reading.
>
> Noah
>
> [1] http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc2616.html
>
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