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From Marcello Nuccio <>
Subject Re: to CouchApp or not to CouchApp
Date Tue, 16 Aug 2011 16:45:28 GMT
2011/8/16 Jens Alfke <>:
> On Aug 16, 2011, at 9:16 AM, Marcello Nuccio wrote:
>> Ignoring for an instant that this is hard to implement, as Jason says.
>> What is the problem if I send an HTML response, if the requested
>> resource is HTML?
> Because if the client requesting the HTML is not a user-facing web browser, the 302 is
the wrong response, because the client won’t know what to do with the resulting login form
(unless it does screen-scraping.) I’ve already run into this in implementing my CouchCocoa

I am not saying to respond with 302. I am saying:

 - ALWAYS respond with 401
 - IF the Accept header says "text/html" is a valid response AND the
requested resource is of type "text/html", THEN send HTML in the body
of the response, ELSE send JSON.

Never send 302 instead of 401.
Never send HTML if not "accepted" by the client and it is the type of
the requested resource.

Why is this not standard compliant?


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