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Re: Working on issue #946

From: Michael Wood <mwood_at_its.uct.ac.za>
Date: 2003-01-06 07:58:29 CET

On Sun, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:40:03AM +0100, Peter Allin wrote:
> On Fri, 2003-01-03 at 18:01, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
>
> > And as Greg Stein mentioned in the issue, this is correct. 405 means
> > that there's no dav resource at that location (i.e. no repository).
> > 404 means you're looking in a dav-y area, but the resource dosen't
> > exist.
> > Still, I guess it would be nice to throw *descriptive* error strings
> > to the user, which is what you're trying to do. :-)
>
> Yes - I agree that the return code from the server shouldn't be changed,
> but merely the presentation of the error shown to the user.
>
> Should the user actually see any of the HTTP error codes, or should all
> errors be "translated" into something more descriptive?

I'd say the HTTP error codes should be shown in addition to the
descriptive messages, since 405 could mean it's not a repository, or it
could mean your proxy server is not set up properly, or it could mean
you have misconfigured Apache. It's annoying having to interpret the
descriptive message. (Have you ever tried to figure out what Internet
Explorer means by "Page cannot be displayed?")

-- 
Michael Wood <mwood@its.uct.ac.za>
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