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Re: Removing CommentURL

From: Foteos Macrides <MACRIDES@sci.wfbr.edu>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 15:59:03 -0500 (EST)
To: dwm@xpasc.com
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
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"David W. Morris" <dwm@xpasc.com> wrote:
>On Fri, 25 Jul 1997, Larry Masinter wrote:
>> Since this argument seems to have convinced one person,
>> I thought I would make it more broadly and see if I could convince
>> someone else.
>The suggestion is that CommentURL won't be used much or help many
>users so it should be dropped.
>The fact is that there has been significant push back on even implementing
>the IETF cookie specification from the two largest UA vendors. 
>There  is also the reasonable hypothesis that most users will, totally
>confused by the issues and frustrated by the interruptions, simply
>enable all cookies.
>On the basis of lack of deployement or lack of appeal to the general
>user we should simply drop all concerns about cross domain cookies or
>drop the cookie issue with a simple RFC which overrides 2068 as not
>implementable and to be ignored.
>I am not advocating that approach, only noting that the same arguments
>made against the utility of CommentURL apply to the broader set of
>I do seriously propose dropping the Comment attribute as so inadequate
>for its stated purpose as to be meaningless. Eliminate the confusion and
>simplify the protocol.

	I don't see why the comment attribute shouldn't be retained
for short, telegraph strings like those appended to status lines.
That could be helpful when doing a cookie cleanup, at least for
ASCII-speaking users, and the commentURL would be available for
more substantive information, hopefully with a negotiable charset
and language. 

	My thoughts on this are based on the hope that there will
be follow-through on a PEP or PEP-like extension, down the road,
which would further reduce the number of cookies about which the
user must be consulted at time of reception.

 Foteos Macrides            Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research
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