The "safe" HTTP Preference
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From: The IESG <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: IETF-Announce <email@example.com> Cc: RFC Editor <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Protocol Action: 'The "safe" HTTP Preference' to Proposed Standard (draft-nottingham-safe-hint-05.txt) The IESG has approved the following document: - 'The "safe" HTTP Preference' (draft-nottingham-safe-hint-05.txt) as Proposed Standard This document is the product of the Applications Area Working Group. The IESG contact persons are Barry Leiba and Pete Resnick. A URL of this Internet Draft is: http://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-nottingham-safe-hint/
Technical Summary Many Web sites have a "safe" mode, to assist those who don't want to be exposed (or have their children exposed) to "objectionable" content. This specification defines how to declare this desire in requests as an HTTP Preference. Review and Consensus The document itself is fairly straightforward. It has withstood mulitple attempts by participants to make the “safe” request multi-valued or otherwise something stronger than a simple Boolean request flag. There has also been some spirited discussion about whether this should be done at all. See discussion on the apps-discuss list, and then on the IETF discussion list during last call. In the end, the responsible AD thinks there is rough consensus to proceed, but the consensus is, indeed rough. The main point of roughness involves whether the meaning of "safe" is sufficient for this to be useful. There's operational evidence that it is, but there are significant and warranted concerns about situations where the user and the server disagree on the meaning enough to make the setting problematic in those situations. The second point of roughness is whether wide use of the bit on clients, or forced use by proxies or censorship filters could be used for ill. The responsible AD believes this has been settled, but only by lack of support for the position. Personnel Murray Kucherawy is the document shepherd. Barry Leiba is the responsible Area Director.