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Re: mxb (was: Re: 14.36)

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@liege.ICS.UCI.EDU>
Date: Tue, 04 Jun 1996 14:01:29 -0700
To: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <9606041401.aa11278@paris.ics.uci.edu>
>>for example, a client with a restricted memory and/or network
>>bandwidth (think: wireless PDA) could do a request such as this:
>>
>>	GET /foo.html HTTP/1.1
>>	Range: 0-10000
>>
>>and be assured of not getting more than 10,000 bytes.
> 
> Side remark: Some people have been wondering if we should define an
> `mxb' (maxbytes) parameter for the Accept header. The above example
> seems to indicate that 1.1 clients already have a way of specifying
> the maximum number of bytes they want to accept, so that there is no
> need to add `mxb'.

The mxb parameter placed a maximum for each media type -- it thus
allowed someone to say "I'd prefer a GIF image if it is < 2kb,
but a JPEG image it is any larger."  There is no way to say that
outside of Accept (and without logic bags).

 ...Roy T. Fielding
    Department of Information & Computer Science    (fielding@ics.uci.edu)
    University of California, Irvine, CA 92717-3425    fax:+1(714)824-4056
    http://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/
Received on Tuesday, 4 June 1996 14:26:17 EDT

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