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3839RE: [rest-discuss] 403 vs. 409

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  • Julian Reschke
    Aug 4, 2003
      > From: David Powell [mailto:djpowell@...]
      > Sent: Monday, August 04, 2003 9:08 AM
      > To: rest-discuss@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [rest-discuss] 403 vs. 409
      > Saturday, August 2, 2003, 9:36:07 AM, you wrote:
      > >> WebDAV defines a "422 Unprocessable entity" status for semantic
      > >> problems with the XML request, and uses 400 if the XML request is not
      > >> properly formed. I don't see why WebDAV would be a special case here,
      > >> so that sounds wrong too.
      > > Could you please explain why you think this is wrong?
      > I just don't think that it is a WebDAV specific problem, so I would
      > expect WebDAV to use whatever status would be appropriate for any
      > other HTTP application.

      So you think this is wrong because WebDAV added a new status code? I can't
      agree -- the whole point of WebDAV is to *extend* HTTP/1.1 (with new
      methods, request headers...), and therefore adding a new specific 4xx status
      code because none of the existing ones fitted well seems to be absolutely
      right thing to do.

      > I tend to favour 400, but it looks as if 422 was invented for WebDAV
      > because it was decided that 400 couldn't be used to report errors that
      > weren't strictly syntactic?


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