June 20th, 2012
I love the fact that Tim Bray is so keen that his proposal for a new HTTP status code for cases where access to a resource is blocked for legal reasons incorporates a Latin example that is both grammatical and historically accurate:
One of the things in the proposal is that the 451 Unavailable for Legal Reasons status is supposed to be accompanied by an explanation of what the legal restrictions are, and what class of sites they apply to. The proposal has an example, and since obviously you don't want to use any real legal authorities in this situation, I decided to pick on the Roman Empire:
This request may not be serviced in the Roman Province of Judea due to Lex3515, the Legem Ne Subversionem Act of AUC755, which disallows access to resources hosted on servers deemed to be operated by the Judean Liberation Front.
But I made up the name of the Roman law by typing something into Google Translate. So… does anyone reading this know what a plausible Latin name would be for such a law, and how it would be cited? Roman history is full of lawsuits, so I assume it must have been a fairly routine operation. Thanks in advance.
Attention to detail1 being very much the mark of the Alpha Geek.
- And yes, he's already acknowledged that he muffed the Monty Python joke, and will be inserting a reference to the People's Front of Judea in a future revision. ↩