IPP Mail Archive: IPP> I-D ACTION:draft-cohen-http-ext-postal-00.txt

IPP Mail Archive: IPP> I-D ACTION:draft-cohen-http-ext-postal-00.txt

IPP> I-D ACTION:draft-cohen-http-ext-postal-00.txt

Roger K Debry (rdebry@us.ibm.com)
Tue, 17 Feb 1998 12:53:36 -0500

In case you did not notice this, Josh Cohen and a crowd of other
Microsoft folks have published an Internet Draft on overloading POST.

Roger K deBry
Senior Technical Staff Member
Architecture and Technology
IBM Printing Systems
email: rdebry@us.ibm.com
phone: 1-303-924-4080

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Carl Kugler
02/17/98 10:11 AM
To: Steve Gebert/Boulder/IBM, Roger K Debry/Boulder/IBM, Harry
Lewis/Boulder/IBM, Keith Carter/Austin/IBM
From: Carl Kugler/Boulder/IBM @ IBMUS
Subject: I-D ACTION:draft-cohen-http-ext-postal-00.txt

Have you seen Josh's new Internet-Draft?

For those unfamiliar with the issue at hand, IPP, the Internet
Printing Protocol, has submitted their protocol for last call which
provides print functionality over HTTP. To encode the protocol, a
binary protocol payload is transmitted as the body of a POST.
Our recommendation is in part philosophical in that we believe that
new methods are a more clean way to deal with new functionality.
However, our most pressing reason is the security consequences of
overloading POST.

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scoya@cnri.reston.va.us on 02/17/98 06:32:54 AM
Please respond to Internet-Drafts@ns.ietf.org @ internet
To: IETF-Announce@ns.ietf.org @ internet
Subject: I-D ACTION:draft-cohen-http-ext-postal-00.txt

A New Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts dire=

Title : Don't Go Postal - An argument against
improperly overloading the HTTP POST Method
Author(s) : J. Cohen et al.
Filename : draft-cohen-http-ext-postal-00.txt
Pages :
Date : 16-Feb-98

As time goes on, more and more groups are extending HTTP's functionalit=
y. In
using HTTP, a decision is made to either use a new method name for new
functionality or to overload an existing one such as POST. Our belief =
is that
in most cases, overloading existing method names, with POST as a partic=
troublesome example, is a bad idea. We, as a group of individuals, sug=
that the default requirement for new HTTP functionality must be to crea=
te a new
method name.

Internet-Drafts are available by anonymous FTP. Login with the usernam=
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"get draft-cohen-http-ext-postal-00.txt".
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