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Re: Rewrite of feature tag syntax rules

From: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <frystyk@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 15:48:43 -0400
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To: Jeffrey Mogul <mogul@pa.dec.com>, http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
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At 11:09 AM 5/19/97 MDT, Jeffrey Mogul wrote:

>As Larry says, at the bottom of the hierarchy we want
>an enumerated type (essentially opaque) for specifying a feature
>tag "on the wire".  We could just as easily use small integers
>for these, but using ASCII tags might have some benefit in
>debugging things.  In fact, if we made a rule that ALL new HTTP
>header-names and tags were to be composed of randomly chosen
>(but unique) small integers, we would avoid a lot of useless debate.
>HTTP is for computers to talk to each other, not for humans.

This is in fact exactly what PEP is all about: Providing a mechanism for
defining a unique, dynamic mapping between an extension identified by a URL
and the local representation in the form of random (short) headers.

The semantics of the extension is for humans, the wire representation is
most definitely not.

Henrik Frystyk Nielsen, <frystyk@w3.org>
World Wide Web Consortium
Received on Monday, 19 May 1997 12:54:09 UTC

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