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Re: Footers and Chunked

From: <hallam@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 09 Mar 96 14:15:03 -0500
Message-Id: <9603091915.AA21448@zorch.w3.org>
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Cc: hallam@w3.org, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com, hallam@w3.org

The point is not whether the chunked encoding is in or out of HTTP/1.1
In fact I would if anything prefer it to be out if anything. What I was
reacting to was a suggestion that the footers be dropped from chunked 
and put in HTTP/1.1. This is a change I can see absolutely no technical
justification for whatsoever. I also fail to see any political advantage
which would mean getting the spec to proposed standard earlier.

Thinking that reports of such a change might have been subject to a certain
degree of confusion I thought it best to send a private message to the
chair rather than exciting the whole list over what could well have been
a simple misunderstanding or confusion.

If people were indeed worried by any additional complexity involved in the
handling of footers they need only construct a very simple FSM to strip
out the additional items.

What I am concerned about that in a rush to get 1.1 out the door decisions
will be made which will cause us compatibility problems in 1.2. It would
be something of an embarassment to have to introduce a second encoding for
no other reason than the first one had been fumbled. 

In summary I suggest that we ensure that wherever possible the 1.1. spec
requires implementations to be tolerant in accepting and call to attention
the areas where extension is likely.

	Phill
Received on Saturday, 9 March 1996 11:21:44 EST

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