[whatwg] Solving the login/logout problem in HTML

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Wed Nov 26 07:10:09 PST 2008

Ian Hickson wrote:
>>>> RFC2617 states that "The realm directive (case-insensitive) is required
>>>> for all authentication schemes that issue a challenge."
>>> I didn't really understand how the realm would work here, which is why I
>>> didn't include it. Is this a case where we should violate RFC2617? (Note
>>> that we're in a rather unusual case here because the challenge never gets a
>>> reply in the traditional sense.)
>> Unless there's an ultra-important reason to violate any base 
>> requirements, I would advise against it.
> "They make no sense" is a pretty important reason. What would "realm" mean 
> in this context? Who would use it and how? How would you know what value 
> to set it to?

I don't see how the realm is different here, compared to, for instance, 
Basic Auth.

If there is only a single realm, the simplest compliant approach seems 
to define a single hardwired realm name.

BR, Julian

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