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Default case management in WS: What http status code?

Question asked by Nicolas Afonso Employee on Aug 22, 2016
Latest reply on Sep 16, 2016 by Stephen_Hughes

Dear community,


Today I need your feedback about a RESTful service design question I have.

I focus here on the locale management.


Here is my generic locale management implemented in my services :

  • lang provided in query parameter
  • fallback on « Accept-Language»  header
  • If header is not provided, left empty or ressource does not exist for this locale: we apply a default existing locale.


In bold the subject of my question. Functionally, we want to manage a default case. At the API level, I do not see what http code is closest to this scenario ... Nothing that fit into the family of 20X http codes, maybe a 303 ...

I'm annoyed with 200 http code because when a client specifies that it wants the resource in a given language, I respond to him in another locale ...

Looking forward for your expert feedbacks