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204 No Content for a resource which is known but has no representation yet?

From: Nathan <nathan@webr3.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 00:38:17 +0000
Message-ID: <4B9C2FF9.3030101@webr3.org>
To: ietf-http-wg@w3.org, www-tag@w3.org
Hi All,

Can I use a 204 No Content to indicate that a resource is known but
currently does not have a representation (or another resource which
describes it)?

I have a resource which is a conceptual map to "me"; I have assigned a
URI to that resource, am in the process of creating a document which
describes me, and when I am done I will 303 See Other to the document
from the resource which is a conceptual map to "me".

In the interim what status code can I use to say that the resource is
known, does not have a representation of its own that can be transferred
by the server over HTTP, another resource is not know that is
descriptive of said resource & the resource identifier is not to be used
for anything else.

I've fully checked through all status codes, including the 4xx's but
can't find any to use, and 204 No Content seems to fit the best as far
as I can tell.

Many Thanks,

Received on Sunday, 14 March 2010 00:39:02 UTC

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