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Re: Byte ranges -- formal spec proposal

From: Gavin Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>
Date: Thu, 18 May 1995 08:44:55 -0400
Message-Id: <199505181244.IAA05039@ebt-inc.ebt.com>
To: luotonen@netscape.com
Cc: www-talk@w3.org, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
I do not like the idea of byte ranges being part of a URL.
In DynaWeb for example

   http://www.ebt.com/collection/readers?byterange=1-500

is absolutely meaningless, because the actual file size is not
related to the size of the documents retrieved. Worse even,
there are cases (and DynaWeb is one) where a single URL
can possibly reference documents that differ in an
arbitrary manner.

In other words, byte ranges are not generally applicable to
all objects accessible via a URL, so we cannot make this
a requirement.

How about adding another method instead?
Received on Thursday, 18 May 1995 05:44:01 EDT

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