For the Publishing Protocol require that the response from POST to a PostURI MUST contain a location header. Also specify which contraints apply to the response body.




Clears up vagueness in the current wording and makes client editing easier by reducing the number of round trips.


Change to read:

The Response MUST include a Location: header with the URI of the created resource. The URI returned must be the EditURI of the entry just created. The body of the response SHOULD contain the newly created entry. If the entry is present in the response body then it MUST conform to the same constraints listed for responses to a GET on an EditURI. User agents MUST NOT depend on the server returning a response body. If the server does return a response body then the user agents MUST NOT depend on the response body having a content-type of 'application/atom+xml". Note that the server may choose to omit the content in the response, particularly if it is large.

A 201 response MAY contain an ETag response header field indicating the current value of the entity tag for the requested variant just created.

If the entry returned is subsequently changed the user agent can update the entry by submitting it via PUT to the EditURI. If an ETag was returned with the creation of the entry then the user agent SHOULD include an If-Match header in the request that contains that ETag.


Allows clients to depend upon getting the URI of the EditURI in the response header thus avoiding a round trip to the FeedURI just to get the EditURI of a newly created entry.


Note that the entry returned fits the requirements in RFC 2616 for a 201 response since it contains a link element to the HTML version of the newly created entry. From RFC 2616:

Author: Joe Gregorio