Re: HTTP date format: RFC 850 or RFC 1036

Tony Sanders <>
Message-id: <199312151708.LAA07620@austin.BSDI.COM>
To: Jim Davis <>
Subject: Re: HTTP date format: RFC 850 or RFC 1036 
In-Reply-To: Jim Davis's message of Wed, 15 Dec 1993 10:22:32 EST.
Organization: Berkeley Software Design, Inc.
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1993 11:08:22 -0600
From: Tony Sanders <>
> Does anyone implement Date (or Last-Modified) response headers yet?
> I do, and for now I am going with the new RFC.
Both Plexus and the NCSA HTTPD (v1.0) use RFC850 style dates:
    Last-modified: Monday, 06-Dec-93 23:48:09 GMT

Changing this for no reason is a bad idea.  We should specify the date
format in the HTTP RFC by value instead of by reference.

If we change this then browsers will have to support both formats forever.