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Re: ISO/IEC 10646 as Document Character Set

From: Erik van der Poel <erik@netscape.com>
Date: Thu, 04 May 95 09:44:30 -0700
Message-Id: <199505041644.QAA18240@slice.mcom.com>
To: html-wg@oclc.org
Cc: erik@netscape.com, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
> 1. Specify the charset requirement handling now, implement it in
> browsers, but wait 6 months before actually employing it, so that
> most people have updated to browsers with the capacity.

Maybe this is the most realistic solution...


> 2. Do a kind of ESMTP enhanced HTTP negotiation scheme.

Hmmm...  Similar to Dan's recent comment about HTTP/1.1.  Maybe this
would work, but would there be a consensus?  Some people seem to be
against negotiation because of efficiency issues.

The efficiency problem could be solved by designing a solution that is
only inefficient during the transition period.

But how would it work?   I just tried:

	% telnet www.w3.org 80
	...
	GET / HTTP/1.1

and it returned the HTML doc corresponding to /, instead of an error.
No good.  OK, how about:

	GET / BLURFL

Same result (got the HTML doc).  No good.  OK, how about:

	BLURFL / HTTP/1.1

Error.  Good.  But it CLOSED THE CONNECTION!  Arggh.  This would be
extremely inefficient!


> 3. having the identity and version number of the calling browser's 
> and then react in the server accordingly.

As a temporary solution, maybe.  But long term?  Yuck.


Erik
Received on Thursday, 4 May 1995 09:56:03 EDT

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