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   Re: [xml-dev] more politics

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[Dare Obasanjo]
>The whole "GETs must be side effect free" is a spec bug as far as I'm 
>concerned. I can understand saying that they should be idempotent but 
>besides opening the door to a bunch of metaphysical discussions aboutt 
>"what exactly constitutes a side effect" I don't see what purpose that 
>part of the spec serves.

[Tim Bray]
 >Right.  Basically every GET writes a logfile record as a minimum.  I'm 
more comfy with
 >language along the lines of "GET does not incur new obligations."  Which is
 >actually functionally necessary for caches and proxies to work. -Tim

Plus, that interpretation has the useful side-effect (sorry) of making the 
of GET compatible with the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics :-)




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