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Re: Age calculation in HTTP: two Internet Drafts

From: Ross Patterson <Ross_Patterson@ns.reston.vmd.sterling.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 97 15:40:22 EDT
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Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com> writes:

>I would like to resolve a long-standing controversy in the HTTP
>working group, by trying to assess the group consensus.
>    draft-fielding-http-age-00.txt
>       Roy Fielding, "Age Header Field in HTTP/1.1"
>    draft-mogul-http-age-00.txt
>       Jeff Mogul, "Generation of the Age header field in HTTP/1.1"

After reviewing both drafts and dredging my mail logs for the on-list
debate, I have to side with Jeff Mogul's take on the issue, both in
terms of analysis and in his recommendation of "Interpretation C".
I understand Roy Fielding's concern about heirarchical proxies and
bandwidth, but from my company's experience I have to believe that the
correct approach is to always return the right response no matter how
much bandwidth it wasted.

Ross Patterson
Sterling Software, Inc.
VM Software Division
Received on Tuesday, 23 September 1997 12:54:35 UTC

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