proposal for new HTTP/1.0 directive

Marc Andreessen (
Sat, 27 Nov 93 14:28:43 -0800

It occasionally is useful to have the results of a HTTP/1.0
transaction return *nothing* (no significant response data) -- the
client should not display a new document or do anything else other
than stay on exactly the same document it's already on.

An example of where this would be useful: tape-deck-style
fast-forward/stop/reverse/play/pause/etc. controls implemented with
forms or hyperlinks as part of a multicasting transmission
application. You want to be able to trigger as many actions as you
want (play, pause, play, fast-forward, play, etc.) without moving to a
different document each time.

How about "204 NoResponse"?