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205 Reset Content

The 205 Reset Content status code is part of the HTTP/1.1 standard (RFC 7231). It is used to indicate that the server has successfully processed the request, and the user agent (e.g., a web browser) should reset the document view. This status code is mainly used in scenarios where the server wants to instruct the client to clear any form data that has been entered by the user.

The primary use case for the 205 Reset Content status code is when a server processes a form submission and wants the client to clear the form for a new input. The server sends this status code in response to a successful form submission, and the client clears the form data, allowing the user to start afresh.

Example: Request and Response

Let’s consider an example where a user submits a form on a website to update their profile information. After successfully processing the form data, the server sends a 205 Reset Content status code to instruct the client to clear the form.

Request

POST /update-profile HTTP/1.1
Host: example.com
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Content-Length: 43

first_name=John&last_name=Doe&email=jdoe@example.com

Response

HTTP/1.1 205 Reset Content
Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Content-Length: 0

In this example, the client sends a POST request to the /update-profile endpoint with the user’s updated profile information. The server processes the request and updates the user’s profile. The server then sends a 205 Reset Content status code in the response to instruct the client to clear the form data.

Summary

The 205 Reset Content status code is a useful tool for web developers to instruct clients to clear form data after successful form submissions. By understanding and implementing this status code, developers can create more user-friendly web applications that automatically clear form data upon successful submission, allowing users to start afresh with their next input.

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