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Re: Proposal on removing Content Negotiation from http 1.1

From: John Franks <john@math.nwu.edu>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 14:32:44 -0600 (CST)
To: Alex Hopmann <alex.hopmann@resnova.com>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.960124143035.19661C-100000@hopf.math.nwu.edu>


On Wed, 24 Jan 1996, Alex Hopmann wrote:
> Peter Churchyard wrote:
> >I would like to propose that content negotiation is removed from http 1.1

> Ouch! I really would like to resist this idea- I consider content
> negotiation to be one of the greatest priorities of this group. The
> currently popular content negotiation mechanism is user-agent: which is a
> SERIOUS problem for the HTTP community to be able to have some sort of
> common standards.
> 
> That said, I must admit that I personally don't have any brilliant solutions
> for the problems posed by content negotiation. I just think its too
> important to abandon so quickly.

It is certainly better to do nothing than to have have either a bad
mechanism or a mechanism so complicated that it is never implemented.

John Franks 	Dept of Math. Northwestern University
		john@math.nwu.edu
Received on Wednesday, 24 January 1996 12:37:28 EST

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