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Yes, 500 bytes extra but it's not only for the developer discovering the API in a browser. If the client developer is exploring the API and then manually implementing an API client something is not right.

Hal clients for this use case do exist. you point them to an entrypoint and they can discover and generate the necessary code/methods for interacting with the API.

For example: https://github.com/pezra/hal-client

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