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Re: HTTP/1.1 ISSUE: TRAILER_FIELDS - Proposed Resolution

From: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <frystyk@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 14:48:27 -0500
Message-Id: <3.0.3.32.19971119144827.00c28550@localhost>
To: rlgray@us.ibm.com, HTTP Working Group <http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
At 14:02 11/19/97 EST, rlgray@raleigh.ibm.com wrote:
>I don't see the point of the trailer field at all.
>Why not just say, as suggested:

The purpose of the Trailer header field is to provide a general mechanism
describing where headers are in a message, so that it doesn't have to be on
a case by case basis (see also description of problem [1]).

The notion "Only put fileds in the trailer that can be safely ignored by the
client (e.g., Last-Modified)" doesn't really say much as it depends on who
you are (as a client) and what you are doing.

The combination of Accept-TE and Trailer allows the server to put headers
in the trailer and the client to say no thanks.

Henrik

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Received on Wednesday, 19 November 1997 11:57:28 EST

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