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Re: new editorial issue RANGE_WITH_CONTENTCODING

From: Graham Klyne <GK@acm.org>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 12:22:04 +0000
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To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@kiwi.ics.uci.edu>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
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At 15:52 14/11/97 -0800, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
>The spec does make it explicit, at least to the extent that general
>discussion of encodings can be explicit.  On-the-fly compression is
>a transfer-coding.  Source-based compression is a content-coding.
>The problem is that people keep trying to wedge both into content-coding
>instead of just defining on-the-fly compression with Transfer-Encoding.

I am *assuming* that your reference to 'transfer-encoding' maps to MIME
'content-transfer-encoding'.  If this assumption is false, please ignore
this comment...

The MIME specification STRONGLY discourages (its capitals) the creation of
new content-transfer-encoding values.  I would think that this would
encourage designers to try and shoehorn transfer-encoding semantics into
content-coding headers.


Graham Klyne
Received on Sunday, 16 November 1997 03:26:41 UTC

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