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Re: HTTP practice and Year-2000: the bad(?) news

From: Phillip M Hallam-Baker <hallam@ai.mit.edu>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 1997 16:17:34 -0400
Message-Id: <199704122023.QAA12802@life.ai.mit.edu>
To: http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com, Jeffrey Mogul <mogul@pa.dec.com>
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> I then used "grep" to find the values that had a 2-digit year field
> between 1993 and 1997; about 1247 values used this obsolete format.
> In other words, around 20% of the values are not "Year-2000 ready".

I recall the change was made to the HTTP spec sometime in 1992.
Perhaps you could state which clients were producing the buggy

> that "94" means "1994".  My guess is that most of the client
> and proxy population will be updated during the next 3 years,
> except perhaps for some embedded systems. 

I wouldn't bet on people being that smart... If people could produce
buggy  code despite being warned in 1995 they can probably continue 
to do so in 1999. After all the problem will go away in 2000 for the
rest of our lifetime.

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