HTTP 406


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a website is sent to me on a regular basis that includes several links. In the past I have had no problems opening the links. Now i am getting a message as follows: HTTP 406 is unacceptable. The webmaster feels it may be an aol issue.

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What is the connection to AOL? Are you clicking on a link from within an AOL program or webmail? Are you using AOL as your internet connection? Without knowing more, if you are sure the site is OK, it sounds like something between you and the sites web servers are causing a problem. Perhaps a web proxy?

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406 Not Acceptable

The resource identified by the request is only capable of generating response entities which have content characteristics not acceptable according to the accept headers sent in the request.
Unless it was a HEAD request, the response SHOULD include an entity containing a list of available entity characteristics and location(s) from which the user or user agent can choose the one most appropriate. The entity format is specified by the media type given in the Content-Type header field. Depending upon the format and the capabilities of the user agent, selection of the most appropriate choice MAY be performed automatically. However, this specification does not define any standard for such automatic selection.
Note: HTTP/1.1 servers are allowed to return responses which are not acceptable according to the accept headers sent in the request. In some cases, this may even be preferable to sending a 406 response. User agents are encouraged to inspect the headers of an incoming response to determine if it is acceptable. If the response could be unacceptable, a user agent SHOULD temporarily stop receipt of more data and query the user for a decision on further actions.