Short and Stout

The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol is a little over 10 and a half years old:

“The Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP for short) is a protocol for controlling, monitoring, and diagnosing coffee pots. … Although the RFC describing the protocol is an April Fools’ Day joke and not to be taken seriously, it specifies the protocol itself accurately enough for it to be a real, non-fictional protocol.”

Users of the spec should take note of return code 418, “I’m a teapot”:

“Any attempt to brew coffee with a teapot should result in the error code “418 I’m a teapot”. The resulting entity body MAY be short and stout.”

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