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Re: draft-lundblade-1pass-mult-alt-00.txt vs. alternates

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@kiwi.ics.uci.edu>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 07:49:56 -0800
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <9711120801.aa07303@paris.ics.uci.edu>
>Is this a different model for 'alternates'?

No.  It is limited to media types and the syntax isn't even capable
of handling media types with quoted parameters (which is why I introduced
the braces notation).  Even if it didn't have those limitations, the
overhead of multipart/alternative is an order of magnitude greater
than an Alternates with the same expressive power.

....Roy
Received on Wednesday, 12 November 1997 08:06:18 EST

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