The User Agent Hint Response Header

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This document proposes a HTTP response header called UA-Hint, which can be used by applications (servers) to describe handling hints which will allow user agents to more accurately reflect the intent of the web application designer for the handling and presentation of the response entity. The UA-Hint header is intended to be an extensible general mechanism by which the application can suggest user agent behaviors which alter or extend the behaviors specified in HTTP/1.1 (RFC 2068) with the express purpose of improving the usability of the resulting application. Intended considerations include enablement of a safe POST and refined handling of the traditional history buffer.


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