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

From: John Franks <john@math.nwu.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 09:33:24 -0500 (CDT)
To: Patrick McManus <mcmanus@appliedtheory.com>
Cc: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>, mogul@pa.dec.com, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.96.970722093151.3489B-100000@hopf.math.nwu.edu>
On Tue, 22 Jul 1997, Patrick McManus wrote:

> In a previous episode Koen Holtman said...
> :: 
> :: Jeffrey Mogul:
> :: >
> :: [...]
> :: >  (a)	Accept-Encoding: gzip, compress, no-identity
> :: >		/* an explicit "no identity-encoding wanted" token */
> :: 
> :: I like (a) best.  The trouble with adding q values to this header is
> :: that it makes selecting the `best' encoding much more complicated
> :: (decoding short floats and finding the highest one is too complicated
> :: to do in a simple shell script, for example), and this would
> :: discourage the deployment of servers which know about encodings.
> 
> 
> I find this a very persuasive argument.. Content Encodings are
> something we are intending to deal with aggressively in current and
> upcoming server extension projects.. (CGI, fast CGI, nsapi,
> whatever..) If this is the type of functionality that's going to be
> handled by a lot of different applications (as opposed to a handful of
> base web servers) simplicity is paramount... that unfortunately means
> no q values.
> 

I also vote for no q-values.  Perhaps identity/no-identity could be
shortened to id/no-id.


John Franks 	Dept of Math. Northwestern University
		john@math.nwu.edu
Received on Tuesday, 22 July 1997 07:44:17 EDT

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