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Updated proposal for CONTENT-ENCODING issue

From: Maurizio Codogno <mau@beatles.cselt.it>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 18:38:59 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-Id: <199707281638.SAA24961@beatles.cselt.it>
To: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com

% From: Jeffrey Mogul <mogul@pa.dec.com>


%     If no Accept-Encoding field is present in a request, the server MAY
%     assume that the client will accept any content coding.  In this
%     case, if "identity" is one of the available content-codings, then
%     the server SHOULD use the "identity" content-coding, unless
%     it has additional information that a different content-coding
%     is meaningful to the client.

While the SHOULD make sense to me, I don't understand the reason for
the first MAY. What else could a server do? Reject the request 
altogether?

ciao, .mau.
Received on Monday, 28 July 1997 09:41:38 EDT

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