Re: proposal for new HTTP/1.0 directive

Rob McCool (
Mon, 29 Nov 1993 19:57:34 -0600

* proposal for new HTTP/1.0 directive by Marc Andreessen (
* written on Nov 27, 2:28pm.
* 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"?

I second the motion. I've gotten several people asking for a way to do that
exact thing from scripts.