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Re: Some data related to the frequency of cache-busting

From: David W. Morris <dwm@xpasc.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Nov 1996 22:03:15 -0800 (PST)
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Cc: sjk@amazon.com, mogul@pa.dec.com, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <Pine.GSO.3.95.961130215710.12057B-100000@shell1.aimnet.com>


On Fri, 29 Nov 1996, Larry Masinter wrote:

> # Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but the reason people use these
> # techniques is because they are the only way to guarantee some degree
> # of control over the user experience.
> 
> Don't cookies do the right thing?

Cookies don't keep browsers from intertwining history with the local 
cache.

> 
> # To really beat a _thoroughly_ dead horse, this is the case because
> # caches and history mechanisms are improperly conflated in most
> # browsers.
> 
> Didn't we 'fix' this with HTTP/1.1?

Other than carefully defining the difference between a History mechanism
and Caching, we did NOTHING! A protocol mechanism is needed so that 
the server (applications) can influence browser history presentation.
The caching subgroup explicitly chose to defer this issue. 

Dave Morris
Received on Saturday, 30 November 1996 22:19:58 EST

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