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   Re: [xml-dev] Generality of HTTP

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John Cowan wrote:
> I don't believe there's any problem with using POST for idempotent
> queries, only in using GET for non-idempotent ones. 

Well in general, it disables caching, even when caching makes sense. It
makes firewalling harder because the security admin has less information
about what is being done. A reasonable policy for a machine that is only
supposed to serve information might be to allow GETs but restrict POSTs. 

> ... As for success
> and failure, that's a matter of level.  When my application returns
> a "search failed" message to the client, the HTTP code is 200.

SOAP is not an application. Actually, it seems like the most recent SOAP
spec does as I prefer and does map SOAP errors to HTTP errors. So that
complaint is no longer accurate.

 Paul Prescod


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