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From "Benjamin Young (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COUCHDB-348) / should redirect to a human readable page when accessed from a browser
Date Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:29:07 GMT


Benjamin Young commented on COUCHDB-348:

Yeah, let's avoid the prefix conversation. If it must be done, it should happen and be discussed we don't derail this antique bug getting fixed. ;)

[~janl], I very much like the approach you've described. I do think it's feasible to at least
detect the big 3 browsers (Firefox, WebKit collective, and IE) and route them accordingly--untold
numbers of web servers do this successfully...certainly we can find a way.

Another orthogonal discussion would be the use of something like HAL (Hypermedia Application
Language) for defining things like this link in the JSON we return...but that's a separate
can of worms that should stay separate. ;)

+1 on adding a link under vendor for now, and routing {{/}} to {{/_utils}} (or wherever based
on a config setting...ideally) following that.

Thanks, [~janl]

> / should redirect to a human readable page when accessed from a browser
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COUCHDB-348
>                 URL:
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: HTTP Interface
>            Reporter: Chris Anderson
>            Assignee: Robert Newson
>         Attachments: COUCHDB_348_01.patch, COUCHDB_348_02.patch, COUCHDB_348_03.patch,
> As more people are adopting CouchDB, the number of questions along the lines of "All
I see is {"couchdb":"Welcome","version":"0.10.0a773399"}, what now?"
> If this page redirected to /_utils/ (or maybe something more user-focussed) when the
accept headers included html, we could make the first-time user experience more palatable.
> There's some code in COUCHDB-234 that might be helpful here.

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