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Issue CONTENT-ENCODING

From: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 22:18:01 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-Id: <199707282018.WAA20230@wsooti08.win.tue.nl>
To: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Cc: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>

About the CONTENT-ENCODING issue which is now in last call: I do not
think the draft should be changes in the proposed way.

The issue is not whether the `original authors of 1.0' intended, but
forgot to, add q parameters to content encoding.  I don't think so,
but we do not need to discuss that.

The issue is whether q parameters can be added now without breaking too
many things.

Roy's message

http://www.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/http/hypermail/1997q3/0299.html

seems to indicate that adding q parameters might well lead to breakage.

Without some degree of evidence that this breakage *won't* occur, I
think that going through with the CONTENT-ENCODING fix is ill-advised.

The evidence does not have to be exhaustive, but it has to be better
than what I have seen so far.  I argue against making this change in
parsing rules, because we do not understand its possible effects well
enough.

Koen.
Received on Monday, 28 July 1997 13:19:28 EDT

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