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From "Thomas Michelbach (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (AXIS2-4503) Overwrite HTTP Header in order to improve interoperability
Date Tue, 22 Sep 2009 08:14:16 GMT
Overwrite HTTP Header in order to improve interoperability

                 Key: AXIS2-4503
             Project: Axis 2.0 (Axis2)
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: transports
    Affects Versions: 1.3, 1.4, 1.4.1, 1.5
         Environment: N.A.
            Reporter: Thomas Michelbach

Issue number AXIS2-4219 was closed because the desired functionality was not being interpreted

But in my view there are cases where HTTP header overwriting is desired because of interoperability

Some servers do not support chunking and only implement HTTP 1.0. Therefore there are some
limitations how to handle incoming data, specially when this data is quite large.

In that case it is desired to change the content type of the HTTP header, in order to inform
the application server to handle this special content differently.

The content type would be set to application/octet-stream, in order to inform an application
server to passthrough the stream of data and do not start parsing the XML content.

I am trying to use following API:

Remark: Currently the HTTP header cannot be overwritten, but new can be added. In other words,
it is possible to set two content types in the same header. 

The SOAP specification DOES enforce the text/xml content type:

"HTTP applications MUST use the media type "text/xml" according to RFC 2376 [3] when including
SOAP entity bodies in HTTP messages."

But the cited RFC  2376   DOES also do an explicit exception:,

In the RFC it is defined like: "Every XML entity is suitable for use with the application/xml
media type without modification. But this does not exploit the fact that XML can be treated
as plain text in many cases. MIME user agents (and web user agents) that do not have explicit
support for application/xml will treat it as application/octet-stream, for example, by offering
to save it to a file."

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