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Re: (hopefully) last question

From: Henrik Frystyk <frystyk@bay.lcs.mit.edu>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 11:54:23 +0500
Message-Id: <9502151654.AA00491@bay.lcs.mit.edu>
To: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com, mau@beatles.cselt.stet.it

> I am sorry to peruse this list (and Roy time!), but is seems that 
> www-talk is down - and yes, I am subscribed to it.

www-talk and all the other www-* mailing lists which is run from CERN
are down right now. We are about to set up a new mail service at W3C,
but it will still take a couple of days before we are there.

> Am I correct in inferring that the only difference between a (generic) client
> and a user agent, as far as is concerned in HTTP specifics, is that the 
> latter is *your* client which is making requests (or maybe just the part of
> the application devoted to this)?

The `client' and `server' definitions are separated from what we
normally think of as beeing the client and the server which of course
is the Line Mode Browser and the CERN server respectively ;-)

The reason for this is that we would like to decrease the difference
between a client and a server in HTTP. Any application should be able
to at any time to be a client and/or a server depending on which action
it wants to perfom. This is to keep the possibility open for extending
HTTP to have server communications for exchange of cache information
etc.

We use `user agent' and `origin server' to actually describe the Line
Mode Browser and the CERN server or whatever other application which
has chosen to be the origin location for either a request or a
response.

-- cheers --

Henrik Frystyk
Received on Wednesday, 15 February 1995 09:01:24 EST

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