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Re: Problems with content negotiation (was: Re: Preemptive and

From: John Franks <john@math.nwu.edu>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 1995 11:10:43 -0500 (CDT)
Message-Id: <199509091610.LAA16266@hopf.math.nwu.edu>
To: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
According to Daniel DuBois:
> 
> >- send small Accept without *: risk getting responses with inferior quality
> 
> Inferior according to the server, maybe.  Not inferior according to the
> client.  The client is perfectly happy with what they got, because they
> asked for it!
> 

Maybe you didn't understand the point. It is very expensive for the client
to fully ask for what it wants.  If it asks less than fully there is a
good chance the client will not be happy with what it gets.  This is
a problem and "Live with it" is not the solution.

I think that the ultimate answer has to be something like always use
reactive negotiation if there are muliple variants of a document.  There
could be a small number of exceptions (e.g. gif/jpg), but then you
have the question of what can be an exception.  

John Franks
Received on Saturday, 9 September 1995 09:12:05 EDT

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