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Re: Suggestion for HTTP 1.0

From: <Adrian.Colley@sse.ie>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 21:21:00 +0000
Message-Id: <9503232120.AA24115@terpsichore.sse.ie>
To: http-wg (will serve files for coffee) <http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
In message <ab973a1d0802100484fc@[129.106.201.2]> of Thu, 23 Mar 1995
  14:41:34 -0600, cshotton@biap.com (Chuck Shotton) wrote:

> What's more, HTTP should be considered transport independent. Relying on
> something as cheesey as twaddling the underlying protocol to do something
> that should be under conscious control between the client and server is a
> gross hack. Either build the mechanism into HTTP or live without it.
> Hacking the transport layer as a means to this end is a recipe for wreck
> and ruin the minute someone sticks this protocol on top of something
> besides TCP/IP. Remember, WWW != Unix and HTTP != TCP/IP.

Well, of course it's a cheesey hack.  But to continue the distraction for
a moment, I note that all transports of note have a flow-control element
which can be abused to implement "tentative download".  Jeff Mogul's
comments on SWS are well taken: I'd forgotten about SWS.

I still think it should be done using uri;bytes=...

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