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Re: NCSA implementation of KeepAlive

From: Jeffrey Mogul <mogul@pa.dec.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 95 16:07:51 MDT
Message-Id: <9510202307.AA11030@acetes.pa.dec.com>
To: "Eric W. Sink" <eric@rafiki.spyglass.com>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
    Just to confirm:  Spyglass Mosaic ignores the Keep-Alive header 
    entirely.  The Connection: Keep-Alive header was sufficient.

Let me try to summarize:

(1) Roy insists that the name of the header which carries the
"timeout" and "max" values is named "Keep-Alive", and nothing
I can do will change his mind :-).

(2) The Spyglass browser ignores this header, the NCSA browser
apparently ignores it, and nobody else's browser seems to pay
any attention, either.

(3) Roy tried to sneak past us a new mechanism that allows the
server to tell the client what state it will maintain between
requests on the same connection.

Let me suggest that:
   (a) We all agree with Roy on #1.
   (b) Since nobody actually uses that header, and nobody seems
   to be able to describe a useful use, we declare it to be a
   noble but failed experiment, and leave it out of HTTP 1.1,
   and retire the name "Keep*alive", so as to avoid any confusion.
   (c) The "stored-state" stuff ought to be carried in a new header
   named "Stored-state".

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