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From "Jason Smith (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COUCHDB-1175) Improve content type negotiation for couchdb JSON responses
Date Fri, 08 Jul 2011 02:02:16 GMT

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Jason Smith commented on COUCHDB-1175:
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I humbly submit that the problem remains insufficiently clearly-defined to negotiate the answer.

Top-of-my-head, some confounding factors, sorted randomly, by relevance.

* Browsers have built-in Accept defaults
* The jQuery that ships with Futon overrides these
* Future jQuery versions, or alternative AJAX libraries, which developers require override
these
* Browsers and servers tend to become more standard over time, not less
* Couch tends to show us the future, not the past (cf. HTTP, REST, Erlang, Javascript, replication;
"I was into Erlang before it was cool" as the man says)
* Wikipedia (body) and Google search (mind) have become self-aware (cf. the greatest film
ever, "Ghost in the Shell"). This being has no corporeal form but is, in point of fact, omnipresent,
omnipotent, and benevolent within cyberspace. Having a superior intellect, it was naturally
drawn to CouchDB and made itself known to us by the name "Noah Slater." Cross swords with
Noah Slater at your own peril.

For an unrelated problem, I need answers to some of these questions myself, so I will try
to post concrete data during the weekend, either on the wiki as a table, or in here. My hope
is that the answer will be more clear then.

> Improve content type negotiation for couchdb JSON responses
> -----------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: COUCHDB-1175
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COUCHDB-1175
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 1.0.2
>            Reporter: Robert Newson
>            Assignee: Robert Newson
>            Priority: Blocker
>             Fix For: 1.1.1, 1.2
>
>
> Currently we ignore qvalues when negotiation between 'application/json' and 'text/plain'
when returning JSON responses.
> Specifically, we test directly for 'application/json' or 'text/plain' in the Accept header.
Different branches have different bugs, though. Trunk returns 'application/json' if 'application/json'
is present at all, even if it's less preferred than 'text/plain' when qvalues are accounted
for.
> We should follow the standard.

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