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Re: Possible New Optional Field in Header?

From: Barry Johnson <dynis@winternet.com>
Date: Tue, 9 May 1995 17:12:14 -0500
Message-Id: <v01510100abd597acd131@[]>
To: "Levine, David M." <DLEVINE@ssf4.jsc.nasa.gov>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
David Levine (dlevine@ssf4.jsc.nasa.gov) recently had a thought which
resulted in the posting of a message saying:

>I'd like a field (called
>perhaps "XferRate") which would list the speed (in bytes
>per second) that the browser claims it is receiving
>data at.
>How this number is determined is up to the browser.
>It could be a running average from the first time the
>browser is used, or perhaps a daily, or session average.

This is a nice idea, except for a couple of things: you are assuming the
browser is the weak link. If I am browsing through a relatively empty T1
(say in my office at night) but connecting to a personal web server running
through a 28.8 or ISDN connection, the server is the weak (slow) link. If I
then point my browser through a wide-open T3 across town, I may as well get
the high bandwidth graphic.

Also, having a complex browser is nice for the people who subscribe to this
list, but too many options doesn't help the average user.

Anyway, why not use the mxb feature? It already exists.


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Received on Tuesday, 9 May 1995 15:11:27 UTC

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