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Re: short names for headers

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@liege.ICS.UCI.EDU>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 1996 19:05:36 -0700
To: marc@ckm.ucsf.edu
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <9607101905.aa15214@paris.ics.uci.edu>
> from minutes, HTTP Working Group, IETF June 96, Montreal
> |Aug 1:   (Leach)   draft on sticky headers, short names for headers, and
> 
>Can short names for headers (Good Idea) be compatible with existing practice in
>HTTP/1.x or must it wait until 2.x?  Does allowing aliases for the names of the
>header fields alter the general message parsing algorithm or message semantics
>as specified in 3.1 of HTTP/1.1?

Yes, it does -- changing existing header field names (i.e., short names or
tokenizing) can only be done in HTTP/2.x.  Besides, it doesn't make any
sense to introduce short names now when the GOAL should be a multiplexed
and tokenized grammar for HTTP/2.0, and that can be accomplished in six
months if people don't waste their time on minor tweaks that are equally
incompatible with 1.x.


 ...Roy T. Fielding
    Department of Information & Computer Science    (fielding@ics.uci.edu)
    University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-3425    fax:+1(714)824-4056
    http://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/
Received on Wednesday, 10 July 1996 19:12:48 EDT

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