[Web-SIG] Use 200 or 400 Status Code When...

Thomas Broyer t.broyer at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 10:38:15 CEST 2009

On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 4:32 AM, Randy Syring <randy at rcs-comp.com> wrote:
> I have a page that accepts URL arguments like:
> /student/<id>
> The id must be an integer or the URL doesn't match and the user is given a
> 404.  But what should I do if the id is given, is an integer, but a student
> with that id does not exist? I already output a message telling the user
> that they requested an invalid student.  However, should that document have
> a 200 or 400 (or some other) status code?

Obviously a 404 too, as the URL identifies something that doesn't exist.

(in the case of an invalid id, i.e. not a number, you could use 410
status code too)

Thomas Broyer

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