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   Re: [xml-dev] More on REST and HTTP status codes

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Thomas B. Passin wrote,
> Tim Bray wrote:
> > 404.  The URI is opaque.  There is no such resource.  -Tim
> I don't think so. Rfc 2396 says
> "The query component is a string of information to be interpreted by
>  the resource."
> This shows that the query string is not actually part of the resource
> specification.

The text of section 3.4 has been completely rewritten for RFC 2396bis 
[1]. The new sentence corresponding to the one you quoted reads,

  The query component contains non-hierarchical data that, along with
  data in the path component, serves to identify a resource within the
  scope of the URI's scheme and naming authority (if any).

the implication being that the query component is an intrinsic part of 
resource identification, on a par with the path component, rather than 
being auxilliary information which is fed to an already identified 

[1] http://gbiv.com/protocols/uri/rev-2002/rfc2396bis.html




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