[whatwg] Fetch: please review!

Peter Occil poccil14 at gmail.com
Sun May 26 17:24:51 PDT 2013

Step 7 of section 4.3 reads:

     Let headers be the names of request's author headers, sorted lexicographically and [[byte lowercased]]. 
Isn't the phrase "byte lowercased" rather easy to define, since each author header can only
contain ASCII characters?  Maybe it should be:

   7. Let headers be the names of request's author headers.
   7a. For each name in headers, convert that name to ASCII lowercase, and convert that name to a byte
       array by changing each code point to the corresponding byte.
   7b. Sort headers in ascending order using a byte-for-byte comparison.

FTP Responses
One issue box says "Map the result to response."  What exactly is the issue with mapping the result?
Should the response, including errors, be mapped to HTTP responses somehow?  Should FTP
errors (4xx and 5xx) be treated as "network errors"?

Also, the text “Follow the requirements from FTP to retrieve a resource” is rather vague. It seems 
that’s because it takes more steps to retrieve a file via FTP than via HTTP.  Implementations that don’t 
have a higher-level FTP backend may find it harder to understand what those steps consist of.  Here is what I 
think are the steps.

- Connect to server
- If URL has username, send USER [username]
- If URL has password, send PASS [password]
- Send TYPE I (binary mode)
- Send CWD [path]
- Send RETR [filename]
- Send QUIT

Moreover, if the FTP URL points to merely a directory, it’s unspecified what kind of resource should be returned.
Maybe a list of files (LIST or NLST command)?


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