Re: Status: -> Progress:

Paul (
Tue, 10 May 1994 08:24:49 +0100 (BST)

@ For a little background, telnet to on port 80 and type
@ GET /test-status HTTP/1.0<CR><LF><CR><LF>
@ and I think you'll get the idea. Or check out the www-talk archive.

I have just realised what it is with this that bothers me :)

==== O/P from above example: ====

HTTP/1.0 200 Document Follows
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html
Status: 10% done
Status: 20% done

==== O/P from above example: ====

In the case of what we are doing here, it would be nice to send back
these Status/Progress reports _BUT_ the search isnt sure of the correct
HTTP response code when it starts. The response code depends on the
results of the search. (eg: 200 is OK, 302 is a referal for correct
retrival later on, 40x is a failure etc.)

I cant quite see how this method would allow you to be alter the
response on the fly. The only way that I can see this scheme working
correctly would be to define a new status code that can be superceeded
in the header, like say:

==== O/P from example ====

HTTP/1.0 205 Status Information
MIME-Version: 1.0
Status: 10% done
Status: 20% done
Status: 30% done
Status: 40% done
Status: 50% done
Status: 60% done
Status: 70% done
Status: 80% done
Status: 90% done
Status: 100% done

HTTP/1.0 302 Found
Location: http://...../
MIME-Version: 1.0

==== O/P from example ====

But I can also see problems with this. :) So I cant see it being a
possibility for a lot of heavy DB usage, where you cant expect to know
you have a hit immediatly.

Actually looking at my copy of the HTTP spec I cant see anything that
says you cant alter the status code on the fly but I have a feeling that
it would break most if not all browsers :) :) :)

Anyone for HTTP/1.1 ? :)


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