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   RE: [xml-dev] What is "the Web"

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Baker [mailto:distobj@acm.org]

> If you don't believe me, name something with identity, anywhere in the
> universe, that cannot respond (directly or by proxy) to a GET
> invocation.

I can list a few:

- My neighbor's dog
- Any target that expects an inline file upload
- A fill-in-the-blank form which expects many items of 
  information exceeding 2K of data (the typical limit of your URL string)
- A task involving multiple steps (i.e. ordering from a commerce site)

Donald Knuth said that "all computer problems can be solved with another 
layer of redirection." 

So of course, you can get to all the above with a single GET by having one 
level of redirection (aka proxy) but then again, somebody has to step in
to do the redirection. You've just swept the complexity from the something 
to the proxy...  and there's the rub... 



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