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The GET method should be safe, that is, without any side effects for which users are held responsible.

I got confused by the commas. Does it mean "The GET method should be safe. In other words, it doesn't have any side effects that users are held responsible for."

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A brief answer: Your parse is probably correct. The first comma is too weak -- it should be either a semicolon or period.

  • But the last comma shouldn’t exist, “that is without any side effects for which users are held responsible” is fine. So is the writer’s mistake? – Ace Ace Jun 2 '18 at 19:33
  • Removing the second comma changes the parse, making "that is ..." into an independent statement instead of an explanation of why the method should be safe. – AmI Jun 5 '18 at 20:29

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