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Re: Any objections to "Accept-encoding: gzip, *;q=0"?

From: Jeffrey Mogul <mogul@pa.dec.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 97 16:57:57 MDT
Message-Id: <9707212357.AA29922@acetes.pa.dec.com>
To: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Phillip M. Hallam-Baker writes:
    I dislike the * proposal intensely. Best leave punctuation for use
    in regular expressions and separators. It is always a mistake to
    use a punctuation mark to stand for a symbol IMHO. identity is OK
    by my reconning although NULL is shorter and may be more
    descriptive in this context.
    
There are already numerous places in RFC2068 where the "*" syntax
is used as a "wildcard", including
	OPTIONS method
	Accept:
	Accept-Language:
	If-Match:
	If-None-Match:
	Vary:
And its use has also been last-called in the Content-Range header.

To me, it seems odd that Accept-Charset and Accept-Encoding don't
already allow a "*" value, given that Accept and Accept-Language do.

-Jeff
Received on Monday, 21 July 1997 17:06:58 EDT

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