[gtld-tech] RDAP referral to registrar ?

Hollenbeck, Scott shollenbeck at verisign.com
Wed Aug 31 15:11:21 UTC 2016

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John R Levine [mailto:johnl at taugh.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:41 AM
> To: Hollenbeck, Scott
> Cc: gtld-tech at icann.org
> Subject: RE: [gtld-tech] RDAP referral to registrar ?
> > The RDAP response data from the registry can be carried in the body
> of the
> > redirecting response. The client follows the redirect (or URI
> reference(s)
> > found in the payload) to the registrar, sends the registrar a query,
> gets a
> > response, and both sets of data elements are retrieved.
> It's an interesting idea but it'd be hard to implement.  All the http
> client libraries I know throw away the body of a 3xx response and only
> give you the body of the ultimate result.

The nice thing about the 300 response code is that it's supposed to prompt reactive negotiation with the user agent, which could include presentation of the alternatives provided in the body. I agree, though, that this behavior probably isn't the default or even an available option with your typical client library.


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