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Re: Byte ranges -- formal spec proposal

From: Ari Luotonen <luotonen@netscape.com>
Date: Thu, 18 May 1995 14:51:49 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <199505182151.OAA12061@neon.netscape.com>
To: "Daniel W. Connolly" <connolly@beach.w3.org>
Cc: cshotton@biap.com, luotonen@netscape.com, brian@organic.com, dwm@shell.portal.com, john@math.nwu.edu, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com

> Is that in line with what you meant, Ari?

Exactly.  There are formats for which byte ranges make sense, and ones
for which they don't.  As Chuck brought up, if I'm a PDF app I'm very
happy I can get the TOC from the end of the file and then single pages
instead of the 2000 page encyclopedia at once.  And if I'm a proxy I'm
happy because I can understand that the chunks I have are parts from
the same entity which I now can put together from the pieces I have
(and respond to other range requests by serving them, at least
partially, from the cache).

Cheers,
--
Ari Luotonen				ari@netscape.com
Netscape Communications Corp.		http://home.netscape.com/people/ari/
501 East Middlefield Road
Mountain View, CA 94043, USA		Netscape Server Development Team
Received on Thursday, 18 May 1995 15:01:44 EDT

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