Re: #428 Accept-Language ordering for identical qvalues

Nico Williams <nico@cryptonector.com> Sat, 19 January 2013 07:05 UTC

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From: Nico Williams <nico@cryptonector.com>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
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Subject: Re: #428 Accept-Language ordering for identical qvalues
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On Jan 17, 2013 3:05 PM, "Julian Reschke" <julian.reschke@gmx.de> wrote:
>
> On 2013-01-17 11:17, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
>> It does, however, improve the lot for users of other user agents
>> that either do not send qvalues or allow the user to specify the
>> value by hand, either of which can result in same-valued tags.
>
> Well, it's doing that at the cost of making recipients non-compliant that
implement RFC 2068/2616. So this is a change that would need to be listed
in the Changes section.

So what?  Lots of implementations of lots of Internet protocols are
non-compliant with the relevant specs.  It's not like there's an IETF
Police.  Also, this squeamishness about making improvements like this means
we're stuck with mistakes forever, even when fixing them breaks nothing.

Nico
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