IPP Mail Archive: Re: IPP> RE: Implications of introducing new scheme and port for existing HTTP servers

IPP Mail Archive: Re: IPP> RE: Implications of introducing new scheme and port for existing HTTP servers

Re: IPP> RE: Implications of introducing new scheme and port for existing HTTP servers

Dave Kristol (dmk@bell-labs.com)
Wed, 03 Jun 1998 16:16:36 -0400

Yaron Goland wrote:
>
> Rob clarified in personal e-mail that he meant the latest rev of the HTTP
> draft.
>
> One of the innovations of HTTP in respect to many other protocols is that
> you do not need to modify the HTTP standard in order to add new methods for
> use with HTTP. Rather HTTP defines exactly how one is to act if one receives
> an unknown method. Thus one can safely add new methods and know that at the
> worst one will simply receive a method unknown error from servers/firewalls
> and be tunneled by proxies.

How can one "know that at the worst one will ... be tunneled by
proxies"? I can't find anything in the HTTP/1.1 spec. that instructs
proxies to tunnel unknown methods. I think at worst the request will be
rejected.

Dave Kristol