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Re: Comments on Byte range draft

From: Gavin Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Nov 1995 20:35:32 -0500
Message-Id: <199511130135.UAA00384@ebt-inc.ebt.com>
To: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
>Pull the blinders back off. IGNORE PDF. There is a general problem with
>restarting partially transmitted documents that that is just a special
>case of. We need a method of saying *for any document what-so-ever*:
>"Send me bytes 10000 through 20000".

Wrong. We need a method of saying "Send me pieces n to m". 

BTW. Your argument that EOL conversion by servers is "badly broken" is
also wrong. I fully expect to see servers capable of coded character
set and encoding translation appearing in the very near future. For
such servers, byte ranges are simply BAD (Broken As Designed), because
a byte might no longer be the atomic unit of information, and because,
as Chuck pointed out, the server would have to convert *everything*,
and then select the piece requested.
Received on Sunday, 12 November 1995 17:37:09 EST

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