[Web-SIG] Re: Latest WSGI Draft (Phillip J. Eby)

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Wed Aug 25 17:55:39 CEST 2004

At 01:25 AM 8/25/04 -0500, Ian Bicking wrote:
>Phillip J. Eby wrote:
>>Hm.  Looking at 'email.Message', actually, it has all the semantics 
>>needed for header management, and it looks like the interface at least is 
>>stable across 2.2 and 2.3 (I haven't checked 2.4.)
>>The code is relatively brief, and I think I'd be okay with using it as 
>>the type for 'headers'.  Anybody have any objections?  Here's sample usage:
>>     from email.Message import Message
>>     def application(env, start):
>>         headers = Message()
>>         headers.set_type("text/plain")
>>         headers.add_header("Set-Cookie", "CUSTOMER=WILE_E_COYOTE", 
>> path="/foobar")
>>         start("200 OK", headers)("Hello world!")
>>One of the nice things about it is that it makes it easier to do MIME and 
>>HTTP headers that have parameter info.
>Seems like an appropriate object.  This part certainly should be stable, 
>since they are deprecating mimetools and rfc822, with email replacing those.
>At first it seemed a little annoying that content-type was handled 
>differently, but because it's the one required header it actually seems 
>pretty reasonable.

Actually, there's nothing stopping you from using the normal features to 
manipulate content-type; but 'set_type()' is more convenient.

>It seems like there are a couple things that are a little inappropriate 
>for HTTP: multipart, unifrom, attach, payload, filename, boundary, 
>preamble, epilogue.

I don't really see an issue there; if need be we can list the "approved" 

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